Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: School students throughout the district on Tuesday boycotted their classes and took part in the one-day agitation called by the Students Federation of India (SFI) and AISF protesting against the ‘hasty and the unilateral’ decisions of the State government vis a vis the introduction of CBSE syllabus and the merger of VI and VII classes with the high schools.

According to reports, normal work remained disrupted in all the government-run, private and corporate schools in the district following the bandh observed by the students in response to the SFI call. Leaders of the organisation questioned the propriety and wisdom of letting some schools follow CBSE syllabus and some the State syllabus, thus creating a chaotic situation in the school education system as a whole.

They criticised the government for rushing through the decision without providing adequate training to the teachers to cope with the CBSE syllabus and without supplying the English-medium/CBSE syllabus textbooks to the students even a month after the schools were reopened.

They demanded the immediate withdrawal of the controversial G.O. 76 which saw the closure of the upper primary schools and the eventual merger of the Class VI and VII with the high schools triggering in its wake ‘dropouts’ especially in the rural areas.

Exorbitant fee

KURNOOL: The AISF and SFI sponsored school bandh was success in Kurnool district. AISF state joint secretary N. Lenin Babu and SFI district secretary T. Narasimhulu said introduction of English medium schools would be a death knell for Telugu medium schools. The AISF and SFI leaders urged the government to control the private schools which trampled upon all rules and collected exorbitant fee at their will. The leaders said the agitation would be intensified until the government withdrew the controversial order.