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Few govt schools reopen in Manipur
Published on 12 Nov. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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Few government schools in Manipur reopened on Wednesday even as reports of attacks on schools and colleges which tried to reopen poured in from different parts of the state. Unidentified miscreants set afire to the Langmeidong High School under Thoubal district in the afternoon. A college building was also set to fire in Thoubal last night. Majority of the educational institutions have remained closed since September 9 in protest against alleged fake encounter killings in the state. Poor attendance was registered in the schools that reopened. The Working Committee of Apunba Lup (WCAL), spearheading the stir, has warned against opening the institutes until the matter was fully resolved. According to a UNI report, school bus service operators have said they would not ply their vehicles until the crisis ended and appealed to parents to take their children to school by themselves. Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, education minister L Jayenta, legislators of ruling Secular Progressive Front, Guardians’ Associations, Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) and others have appealed to allow the students to attend schools without any fear. All Manipur Recognised Private Schools Coordination Committee Convenor Doren Khabanganba also submitted a memorandum to the government demanding immediate resumption of classes. Students are apprehensive of losing the academic year if the crisis continues as the academic calendar ends in November.

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