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Relief for parents, students as Manipur schools reopen
Published on 17 Jan. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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Students in Manipur have once again started going to schools after the long impasse between the government and student bodies was resolved. Things have returned to normal in schools. Classes have resumed in Manipur after a gap of four months. The Manipur Government repeatedly requested the student’s bodies to give up the class boycott campaign, so that students can go to their respective schools, as soon as possible. And now they all have agreed to back their boycott call. This forced break was a nightmare for parents, as it posed a serious threat to the future of the children.ut with the resumption of classes the parents are heaving a sigh of relief. The students lost vulnerable time in last few months due to this boycott. This might affect the competitive ability of students. The deadlock between the government and student bodies took nearly 4 months and five rounds of discussions before it was resolved, as reported by ANI. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government and Apunba Lup, a civil body representing nearly 20 different organizations including All Manipur Student Union, Manipur Student Federation, Kangleipak Student Association. These student bodies have withdrawn their demand for the resignation of the Chief Minister over an alleged encounter killing of a youth on July 23, 2009 in Khwairamband Bazar. The investigation for that case has now been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). “The main demand is for giving up of the class boycott campaign, so that students can go to their respective schools, as soon as possible. The Apunba Lup, others and we have agreed to that demand,” said K T Raheman of Apunba Lup. The School boycott campaign was a nightmare for the parents and schools. Some schools that tried resuming classes earlier faced the wrath of protesters, and nearly a dozen schools were torched, forcing them to shut down. The career of thousands of students was jeopardized by this campaign. And along with students, teachers, non-teaching staff and other members who are dependent on the education system were left jobless for many months.

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