Aizawl: Nine lumpsum higher secondary schools in different parts of the state on Thursday launched indefinite closure on government offices, educational institutions and a road block in their respective villages- Sakawrdai, Farkawn, Phullen, Thingsulthliah and N.E Khawdungsei in Aizawl district, Zawlnuam and West Phaileng in Mamit district, East Lungdar in Serchhip district and Zobawk in Lunglei district, demanding adhoc status.
The agitation was spearheaded by Mizoram Government Lumpsum Grant-in-Aid Higher Secondary School Association (MIGLAHSSA), Joint Action Committee, Joint Students’ Union (JSU) and Managing Board of the nine schools.
Joint Students’ Union president J. Lalrorela said all government offices and educational institutions remained closed in all the nine villages from Thursday.
Vehicles also stayed off the road due to blockade imposed on the highways that connect the villages with other towns, he added.
The leader expressed regret that the indefinite shutdown on government offices and institutions and also road blockade has to impose due to the government apathy to meet their demand to upgrade nine higher secondary schools in their areas to adhoc status.
He said that the strike received strong support from general public and all NGOs in the villages.
Lalrorela said that they will continue with the strike till their demands are met.
He added that local residents of Thingsulthliah village in Aizawl district will intensify the agitation from Friday by imposing a blockade at Tuirini along the National Highway 150, the lifeline of over 25 villages in northeastern part of the state adjoining Manipur.
Meanwhile, police said that the bandh went peaceful on Thursday as there were no untoward incidents.
Nine higher secondary schools in nine Mizoram villages have been protesting against the government since June 18 by closing their respective schools.
Over 850 students are being currently affected by the strike.
Meanwhile leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Thursday met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Education Minister H. Rohluna over the matter.
The Chief Minister and Education Minister told the student leaders that the state government is not in a position to upgrade the schools due to financial constraint though it has given utmost care to the problems of the schools, MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said.