A group of girl students from Rewari who were on a hunger strike in support of their demand to upgrade their school from 10th class to 12th class ended it after the government issued a notice on the same – the children were on hunger strike for 5 days. The school will now be upgraded to the level of Senior Secondary, reported news agency ANI. The agency also posted a copy of notification issued by the government on its Twitter handle which read as, “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.”
Earlier in the day, 13 girl students went on a hunger strike demanding upgradation of their school to senior secondary. As per ANI, these girls were fearing harassment from boys as they would have to travel a few kilometres to the next senior secondary school located in a different village for higher studies. The girls have been on a hunger strike for 5 consecutive days and 10 of them had to be admitted to a hospital on Wednesday morning.
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The protesting girls had said that they would not stop until the government accepted their demand. Responding to the incident, the district education authorities had said that they would put the demand of the girls before the higher officials and would also seek Education minister’s intervention. However, district education authorities had earlier told PTI that the school could not be upgraded as it did not fulfil the minimum condition required for the senior secondary level. Dharmbir Balrodia, District Education Officer (DEO) Rewari was quoted as saying by the news agency that while at least 150 students are needed in Classes IX and X for the upgradation to senior secondary level to happen, the school had just 86 students in both classes.
However, as it turned out, the government finally had to agree to the demands of students.