Schools and colleges remained closed in the city following a bandh call given by students' associations on Wednesday. The students' associations joint action committee organised the bandh demanding the government to resolve long-pending problems in the education sector.

The activists of Students Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Federation (AISF), and Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) staged a sit-in protest in front of SRR College in here in protest against the government's apathy towards student community.

Later, they formed five teams to enforce bandh in the city.

They went around the city to ensure that the government schools and colleges were closed. However, most of the private schools also remained closed in view of the bandh call.

The government was not releasing fee, mess charges, and providing hostel facilities. The poor were facing a lot of hardship due to non-payment of fee and mess charges.

The fate of students pursuing professional courses was hanging fire as the fee reimbursement was put on the backburner.

Educational standards had declined in the government sector due to existence of a huge number of vacancies. The government should take up a mass recruitment of teachers by notifying 40,000 vacancies, the leaders said.

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