Staff Reporter

Protest against non-implementation of Cabinet decision

KANNUR: Members of an action committee for upgrading S.N. Aided Upper Primary School at Padiyur here staged a march to the office of the Deputy Director of Education here on Wednesday.

They were protesting against what they termed non-implementation of the Cabinet decision to upgrade the school into a high school.

The march was stopped by the police near the gate of the DDE office. The protestors staged a sit-in in front of the gate. The march was inaugurated by Padiyur panchayat president T. Sreemathi.

The action committee was protesting against the moves to start a new high school in another ward of the panchayat. A hartal was observed at Padiyur on Tuesday in protest against the move. The action committee said that students in the panchayats were now going to Iritty or Irikkur, nearly 12 km from the panchayat, for high school education. The decision to upgrade S.N. AUP School was to have been an answer to this inconvenience faced by the students, it said.

Meanwhile, Local MLA K.C. Joseph said in a press release here on Wednesday said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had given him assurance that steps would be taken to upgrade the school if the election code of conduct would not stand in the way of implementing the decision. He said that it was decided to quash the notification issued for starting a new high school in the panchayat under the Irikkur Assembly constituency.

The MLA said that as per the Cabinet decision, the existing Government upper primary school or aided upper primary school, in the absence of a Government school, in each of the four panchayats in the State having no high school would be upgraded into high school.

On the basis of this decision he had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister urging the Government to upgrade S.N. AUP School. The Chief Minister had given instructions in this regard, Mr. Joseph said. The General Education Department had issued a notification to start a new high school, which he said was against the Cabinet decision. The decision to withdraw the notification had been taken as the anomaly was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, Finance Minister and the Education Minister, he added.