Children, parents take out march for primary school

School students, parents and the people of Kalanki, a remote village in the hill area of the district, staged a march to the Collectorate on Wednesday demanding that a government primary school be started in the village.

Action committee leaders who organised the protest said the long-standing demand of the local people for setting up a government school in the village, about 70 km from here, was yet to materialise despite a resolution passed by the Ulikkal panchayat and the purchase of 50 cents jointly by the local people and the panchayat.

An unrecognised school had been started under the initiative of the parish church there in 1996 in view of difficulties of students going to a nearby school at Mattara, seven km from the village, they said adding that the school had later been included under the alternative school scheme of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

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Since the school had been brought under the SSA in 2005, over 100 students from there completed primary education there, they said adding that no steps had been taken by the government on the demand to upgrade this school to a government primary school.

Over the past one-and-half month, the four teachers in the alternative school had not been getting their salary, leaving the school in a crisis, they pointed out.

Nearly 100 students studying in the alternative school, their parents and teachers as well as the local people participated in the march which also demanded that the government allow the alternative school to function till a government primary school was sanctioned in the village.

A.P. Abdullakutty, MLA, inaugurated the march. Parish priest Fr. Mathew Olikkal, Congress leader Sunny Joseph, panchayat member Shaji Pooppalliyil, block panchayat member Mercy Jose and local Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader V.V. Shaju addressed the march.

  • Long-standing demand of local people
  • They and panchayat have bought land for school

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