Seven Catholic schools in Manipur have failed to resume classes despite student bodies and parents protesting the indefinite ban imposed on Catholic schools by an armed group.
Students and parents of Manipur’s Little Flower school and Christ Jyoti school staged a sit-in demonstration on Tuesday but school authorities refused to resume classes.
A Kangleipak Communist Party-Military Council (KCP-MC) statement, released in March end, imposed a ban on Catholic schools starting April 1, and said that the outfit had launched Operation Manga l which aims to fulfil the right to compulsory education by fighting the prevalent system of admission, tuition fees, selection and reservation norms in all schools.
Catholic schools in the area include: Catholic School, Christ Jyoti, Little Flower School, Nirmalabas high school, Sacred Heart, St Joseph and St George.
The outfit warned that school managing committees would be responsible for any untoward incident that may occur if the schools reopen.
“We are not in a position to open the school as of now. We don’t know what the consequences would be unless the matter is resolved,” sisters of Little Flower school said.
A similar sentiment was echoed by the principal of the Nirmalabas school.
On Tuesday the students went to schools following appeals by the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU).
“If necessary, AMSU volunteers will form a human chain from April 22 to allow normal classes,” AMSU president Sanasam Subhachandra said.