Taking the school administration and teachers by surpise, students of a government school in Lingavadi resorted to a flash strike on Monday.
Shocked over the absence of all 197 students, the teachers found out during enquiry that the students with the support of their parents had decided not to come to school as a mark of protest.
Inquiries suggested that the school, which was originally a primary school, was subsequently upgraded to middle school and high school over the years. However, the infrastructural facilities were far from satisfactory.
Despite several representations to the School Education department, officials and local administrators, there was no response. When higher officials visted Natham union office, parents submitted a memorandum, and the reply was positive. However, nothing turned out in favour of the school, parents claimed.
On many days, the students were made to sit under the tree and on the corridors or verandah in the campus. Sometimes, the students also sat in the auditorium where they could not have any attention.
Under such circumstances, when students assembled in front of the school, the parents were also briefed earlier to boycott and stay away enmasse for a day, a parent told reporters.
The objective was to draw the attention of the officials and not create trouble.
As information spread, officials from Dindigul Collectorate sent word to the revenue authorities here. A large posse of officials and police visited the spot and interacted with the parents.
After persuasion that the infrasctural facilities would be enhanced, they promised to send their wards to the school from Tuesday.