APPROXIMATELY 12,000 secondary schools and 1.21 lakh primary schools of the State remained closed as teachers observed “black day” on Monday to protest assault on government schoolteachers in a Barabanki police station recently.
Teachers comprising both from the primary as well as secondary schools staged demonstration in front of the Vidhan Sabha while in the districts, demonstrations were staged at Collectorate offices.
It is pertinent to mention that the Barabanki police had assaulted few schoolteachers’ when they had objected to some Samajwadi Party activists holding a function on the school ground. It was to protest the police highhandedness that Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh (Sharma group), gave a call for a statewide strike today.
In the state capital, teachers assembled in front of the Vidhan Sabha, where leader of teachers’ body in the Vidhan Parishad Om Prakash Sharma along with others MLC of teachers’ group joined them.
The agitated teachers later held a meeting and handed over a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav demanding stern action against the culprits.
The teachers also threatened to close down intermediate colleges throughout the State indefinitely, if action was not initiated against the accused of the Barabanki incident.
THE NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA Samiti hosted a ceremony to felicitate 49 students, who have scored highest marks in the CBSE class X final examination—2005 and 2006. Assistant Commissioner AK Shukla highlighted all round growth the Lucknow region. He said in comparison to previous years, Lucknow region fared better this time.
The Lucknow region also excelled in other fields too. In scouts and guides, 58 students received ‘President’s award’ and also visited countries like Japan, South Korea etc.
Performance of students in games and sports was highly commendable and they brought laurels in games like judo, kabaddi, cricket, basketball etc. Sudha Sharma, deputy commissioner and chief guest of the function, gave away commendation certificates and gold medals to the highest scorers.
Students also shared their experiences. Divya Mishra of Unnao bagged first rank by scoring 96.5 pc while the second rank went to Siddharth Kumar of Bareilly, who scored 96.4 pc marks. In 2005, Om Prakash Soni of Basti, and Ajay Kumar of Faizabad stood first and second by scoring 93.6 pc and 93.4 pc respectively.