Haryana: Rewari girls are protesting in support of their demand for a better education and they have shown they are willing to go the extra distance to achieve their goals even if it means putting their lives at risk. Among 13 students who are on hunger strike in Haryana’s Rewari district demanding upgradation of their school to senior secondary, 10 of them have been shifted to the hospital today, a report by ANI has said.
According to a PTI report earlier, around 86 students, studying in class IX and X in Gothda Tappa Dahina village, had earlier gone on an indefinite strike, demanding upgradation of their school. Among these, 13 students are on hunger strike, village head Suresh Chauhan had told the news agency. Speaking to PTI, Chauhan said that the girls in the village have to go to Kanwali village for higher education, which is located 3 km away, after Class X.
Speaking to the agency, one of the girls in the hunger strike said that they fear harassment from youths of other villages, because of which they are demanding upgradation of their school up to Class XII. However, district education authorities had told PTI 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.
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Meanwhile, ANI quoted Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma as saying that the state government has upgraded the level of the school. He added that the principal of the school has been deputed and admissions will start from tomorrow.