Haryana gives in to girl students’ protest, upgrades school

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Chandigarh/Rewari, May 17 (IANS) With around 10 girls falling unconscious and rushed to hospital following their indefinite hunger strike, the Haryana government on Wednesday gave in and announced that the government school in their village will be upgraded.

The girls in Gothra Tappa Dahina village in Rewari started their protest eight days back, seeking upgradation of their school till Class 12, saying that they could not go to attend higher classes in a school in a nearby village as they were molested by youth on the way.

Following the announcement of upgradation by Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, the protesting girl students ended their hunger strike, saying they were satisfied by the decision.

The school at Gothra Tappa Dahina has 70 students each in classes 9 and 10. As per norms, a high school must have at least 150 students in both to be upgraded to Class 12 but the state government has given the rules the go-by in this case.

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“Sanction of the Governor of Haryana is hereby accorded to upgrade the Government High School Gothra Tappa Dahina (Rewari) to the level of Government Senior Secondary School w.e.f. session 2017-18. SNE will be conveyed in due course,” read a notification issued by the Additional Chief Secretary, School Education.

Sharma said that a principal has been appointed for the school and admissions will start for the 2017-18 session on Thursday.



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