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Government offices and schools in nine Mizoram villages to re-open

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Government offices and schools in nine Mizoram villages to re-open

Aizawl: All the government offices and educational institutions in nine villages in Mizoram five districts will be re-opened from Friday after they have remained closed for more than a week due to an agitation launched by various associations over adhoc status.

Lalfakawma and JSU leaders address news conference in Aizawl on Thursday.

All government offices and educational institutions in Sakawrdai, Phullen, Thingsulthliah and North East Khawdungsei in Aizawl district, Zawlnuam and West Phaileng in Mamit district, East Lungdar in Serchhip district, Farkawn in Champhai district and  Zobawk in Lunglei district had remained closed since July 26 due to an indefinite strike called by Mizoram Government Lumpsum Grant-in-Aid Higher Secondary School Association (MIGLAHSSA), Joint Action Committee, Joint Students’ Union (JSU) and Managing Board, demanding adhoc status for nine lumpsum grant-in aid higher secondary schools in their respective villages.

The associations also staged road block in their respective villages, but was called off on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Thursday, MIGLAHSSA general secretary R. Lalfakawma said the joint meeting between MIGLAHSSA, Joint Students Union and Managing Board of nine schools on Thursday has decided to call off the strike and reopen the government offices and educational institutions from Friday after the associations evolved new strategy to intensify their agitation.

He said that nine lumpsum higher secondary schools, which are on indefinite strike for 41 days since June 18 will also be re-opened from next Monday.

Lalfakawma said that they have made repeated appeals to the state government to upgrade the schools to adhoc status, but to no avail.

“In 2013, the then education minister Lalsawta promised us that it will not be difficult for the government to upgrade the school. Accordingly he instructed us to prepare a list for schools which are run by the villages. However, our hope dashed to the ground as no measures have been taken within Congress five years term,” he said.

He said that the association had listed out 26 schools of which 9 are higher secondary schools, which are run by the villages.

According to the leader, nine higher secondary schools have been running for 14 years with the efforts and contribution of public and it has become difficult for them to look after them as it involve huge financial requirement in maintaining the schools.

He said that the state government had earlier planned to increase lumpsum grant to the schools from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, which was opposed by the associations.

He said that they demand the state government to improve education system.

“We will continue to take effort to meet our demands,” he said.

According to Lalfakawma, the Thursday joint meeting also resolved to stage a protest rally in Aizawl to mount pressure on the government.

Thousands of school children were affected by the strike and about 850 students belonging to nine lumpsum grant-in-aid higher secondary schools could not give their first terminal examination due to the strike.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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