TN: School, college students boycott classes
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Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011, 19:25
Chennai: Around 9000 school and college students boycotted classes in Tamil Nadu on Friday in response to a call given by DMK, pressing for immediate implementation of Samacheer Kalvi or Uniform Sytem of School Education (USSE), police said.

Students boycotted classes in eight districts including Chennai, Vellore, Tirunelveli and Dindigul districts, they said.

Around 1500 DMK workers were taken into custody for staging protests outside schools in the respective districts. A DMK release also said scores of its party workers were held in different districts in connection with the protests.

In Coimbatore, workers of DMK, Congress and Periyar Dravida Kazhakam, staged demonstrations in front of various schools in the city, in protest against non-implementation of USSE. However, there were no reports of students boycotting classes or untoward incidents, police said.

The DMK-introduced USSE is caught in a legal tangle following AIADMK government's reluctance to continue with it citing lack of quality.

The Supreme court, looking into a case in this regard, had refused to endorse changes made by it in Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education (Amendment) Act, 2011 to stop enforcement of the scheme.

The apex court had refused the plea of the Jayalalithaa government to stay a Madras High Court order quashing amendment by it to the Act aimed at scrapping DMK government-approved school course curriculum.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi had backed his party's call for today's protest, saying it was a "peaceful" one in accordance with the preaching of his party's founder, the late C N Annadurai.


First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 19:25

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