The new academic year (2011-12), which already holds the dubious distinction of witnessing the highest number of bandhs in one month, is heading for more upheavals. The cause: The “general strike” announced by various Telangana employees’ associations from August 17. A number of teacher and lecturer associations from government institutes have already served strike notices. Even the teachers and lecturers working in private schools and colleges have extended support to the strike.
Fearing reprisals, several corporate schools and colleges have already announced holidays from August 12 to 18. They have decided to take a call on extending the holidays later, based on the situation. Though there are government holidays from August 12 to 15, the colleges have extended the date till the 18th, due to the general strike call. With the corporate colleges sweeping all the top ranks in entrance exams this year, enrolment in corporate schools and colleges saw an exponential increase. The majority of the students who bagged admissions in these institutes belong to Telangana districts. Their parents paid huge fees ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh for admissions, with an eye on coaching for the entrance exams. With no clarity on how long the general strike will continue, the students and parents are concerned about the disruption to academic activities.
Students from weaker sections, who depend solely on government schools and colleges, are even more tense, with all the government teachers and lecturers associations serving strike notices. However, the university teachers are yet to take a decision. Deccan Chronicle