Parents and organisations representing downtrodden sections wanted government schools and residential schools of Tribal Welfare, Social Welfare and BC Welfare departments to be reopened as the pupils were not only losing an academic year but also the mid-day meals which used to take care of their food need and reduce the burden on their poor parents to a certain extent.

The schools are closed with the teachers and employees going on strike but private and corporate schools are functioning.

These schools are also making up the days lost due to bandh or other disruptions y running classes on Sundays or other holidays.

A school usually functions for 220 days in an academic year but already two months have been lost, pointed out general secretary of AP Vyavasaya Vrittidarula Union P.S. Ajay Kumar.

It is impossible for the teachers to make up for the lost time now when the schools resume, even as resumption of schools in the near future looks uncertain.

People’s organisations representing the Dalit and Bahujana sections held a dhana at Anakapalle recently and wanted the schools reopened.

Leaders addressing the dharna were sore that the poor pupils of government and residential schools were losing a lot.