After strike by girls, Haryana govt upgrades high school to Class 12

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

Girl students of government high school at Dahina village in Rewari District ended their hunger strike on Wednesday after Haryana government issued a notification for upgradation of the school.

"We had been facing harassment from the youth from other villages who would ride on bikes and pass lewd remarks at us on our way to the school". A notification to this effect has also been issued by the School Education Department.

Joint Secretary (Education) also wrote to the Director of Secondary Education that the Haryana Governor has accorded to upgrade the Gothara Tappa Dahina high school to senior secondary level with effect from 2017-18 session.

According to the village head Suresh Chauhan out of 86 girls 13 were on hunger strike.

In the eight days that the girls were on hunger strike, many suffered dehydration and a few of them had to be admitted to the civil hospital. "It has been a splendid victory for us", said Nikita, a student.

This hunger strike by a dozen-odd girls, who were backed by other girls of the village and their parents, also brought to the fore the fault-lines within the 31-month-old government led by the RSS Pracharak-turned chief minister Khattar in taking quick decisions.

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Rewari District Collector Yash Garg said that the state government has officially upgraded the school in wake of the hunger strike called by the students.

On Thursday, he said, a principal will be posted and the admission process will start, while the agitating girls will be transferred to the upgraded school.

Their local school had only till Class 10, so girls had to enroll in the faraway school.

Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, PK Das informed that the village school did not fulfill the norms of upgradation but it has been made a decision to upgrade the school by giving relaxation in rules. There are loads of problems that we need to face while going to the school.

Interestingly, Sangeeta Kalia, the SP of Rewari has said that not a single incident of eve teasing has been reported in the last 1 year in the area. The state has also witnessed some horrifying crimes against women in the recent times. Though some officials are making promises to the villagers regarding upgradation but students are demanding the written orders.

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