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Nine schools call off indefinite Mizoram road blockade

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Nine schools call off indefinite Mizoram road blockade

Aizawl: The indefinite road blockade called by nine lumpsum grant- in aid Higher secondary schools in five Mizoram districts has been called off on Monday following the meeting between government officials and leaders of the associations that spearheaded the agitation.

Nine lumpsum grant-in aid Higher Secondary schools in nine villages- 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 has been protesting against the government by staging a road block in their respective areas and imposing a strike on government offices and educational institutions since 26 July.

Spearheaded by Mizoram Government Lumpsum Grant-in-Aid Higher Secondary School Association (MIGLAHSSA), Joint Action Committee, Joint Students’ Union (JSU) and Managing Board, the schools have been demanding adhoc status.

MIGLAHSSA president Lalhriatchhunga Hmar told www.zoramobserver.com that a meeting between government officials and associations leaders was held on Mondayfollowing which indefinite road blockade was called off.

He however, said that government offices and educational institutions will continue to remain closed.
Hmar said that they were informed that the government was not in a position to upgrade the school due to financial constraint.

He said that the Monday meeting did not come out with any positive result to address the problem of the schools.

“After evolving new plan, we have to call off the indefinite blockade to ease public,” he said.
Future course action will be decided at the joint meeting the association to be held on Wednesday, he added.

About 850 students are currently being affected by the strike.

The state government on Sunday imposed section 144 of CrPC in nine villages in Aizawl, Lunglei, Serchhip, Champhai and Mamit districts, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in a area.
The government also sent police deployment to the villages to prevent untoward incident.

A meeting of school education department, home department and finance department convened under the leadership of home minister R. Lalzirliana on Sunday said the state government could not fulfill the demands of the schools due to financial constraint.

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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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