Tamil Nadu

Students block road, demand classrooms in Dharmapuri


The students of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Maarandahalli took to the streets demanding classrooms and basic infrastructure, inviting the attention of authorities here in Palacodde on Friday.

The Marandahalli Government Boys Higher Secondary School, with a student strength of over 1,200 students, came under the spotlight here, after over 1,000 students staged a road blockade on Friday, just as the school was about to begin.

With a significant number of students squatting on the four-point junction in Palacode, other students walked out of the classrooms and joined their fellow students in the protest.

The school is said to be lacking adequate classrooms, and students are compelled to sit for classes under the shade of trees.

The situation has been persisting over a long time, alleged the students. In addition, there was a shortage of teachers for Plus One and Plus Two classes, the students said.

The protest for over three hours led to a complete halt of traffic spanning to half-a kilometre length, forcing the police personnel to arrive on the scene.

Later, the District Education Officer held talks with the students and took note of their grievances.

When contacted, a senior education department official said the school was allocated five classrooms and 10 classrooms are proposed to be granted under NABARD funds during the year.

“Many classrooms had a strength of only 30, when 50 students could have been accommodated,” the official told The Hindu .

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