At least three protest marches in the city against the government’s education policy disrupted traffic for several hours during the morning and evening rush hours on Thursday.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) workers marched to the Secretariat in the morning urging the government to withdraw its decision to provide government aid to 35 schools in Malappuram district.

DYFI State secretary M. Suraj accused the government of exploiting the education sector as a vehicle for corruption. He said the DYFI would launch a slew of public agitations against the government. In the evening Bharatiya Janata Party activists staged a march to the official residence of Education Minister Abdu Rabb. The police stopped the protestors well away from the Minister’s residence. The activists dispersed peacefully after staging a sit-in on the road.

Earlier, Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists attempted to organise a protest at VJT Hall where the Education Minister was scheduled to attend a function.