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Protest mode: Student activists staging a sit-in at a college in Anantapur on Sunday.
Protest mode: Student activists staging a sit-in at a college in Anantapur on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Oppose talent test at school level held by corporate group

ANANTAPUR: Student unions staged a protest in front of Sri Chaitanya Junior College here on Sunday demanding scrapping of the talent test conducted by the techno-school of the corporate education giant for admission into fifth to tenth standards in its schools across the State.

On getting information that Sri Chaitanya was conducting a talent test, activists of All India Students’ Federation, Students’ Federation of India, National Students’ Union of India, BC Aikya Vidyarthi Sangham, Telugu Nadu Students’ Forum and others gathered in front of the college located in a commercial complex on the Subhash Road and staged a protest sit-in by raising slogans against the practice.

Tension prevailed in the premises as the students were taking the exam inside and the activists of student unions were staging protest outside. Speaking at the protest, student union leaders alleged that corporate education houses like Sri Chaitanya conducted talent tests every year to lure the parents of poor families to admit their children into their school and later fleece them huge fee.

The activists had a heated argument with the college authorities stating that the talent test was being conducted without seeking permission from the District Education Officer. However, the college officials stated that they were holding the test based on a High Court ruling in that regard.

When the activists tried to gatecrash into the college premises the police arrested them. Meanwhile, DEO Premanand clarified that the Sri Chaitanya functionaries had contacted him over phone on Saturday and informed him that they were conducting a talent test based on the HC ruling. He had told them to come to the office and show the HC ruling for allowing the test. However, they did not turn up at all and the test was conducted without any permission from the DEO’s office.

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