Students and members of parent-teacher association observed a fast in front of Government Girls High School, Arimalam, demanding immediate action for upgrading the school into a higher secondary institution. Led by C.L.Muthuchellappa Chettiar, president of parent-teacher association, they expressed their protest over the delay in upgrading the school, although local people and donors had contributed Rs.2 lakh way back in 2009, towards upgrading the institute.
G. Nagarajan, Tirumayam taluk unit secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), said that the school was established in 1963, and its strength was about 360, including 90 pupils of the SSLC. The upgrade of the school would help improve girls' literacy percentage in this part of the district.
He said that although the Education Department had upgraded a few schools which had deposited the required sum later, the villagers were disappointed over the serious delay at Arimalam.
Apart from students, villagers participated in the protest.
Arulmurugan, Chief Educational Officer, assured the villagers and the students that action would be taken immediately, following which the fast was withdrawn.