City schools, colleges face Telangana dilemma.

HYDERABAD: Despite the call given by Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) to extend Dasara vacation in view of the ongoing separate state agitation, some private schools and colleges in the city are planning to reopen from Monday.

While many CBSE and ICSE schools in the city have decided to reopen, a few state schools also intimated their students that classes will commence from Monday. A majority of private colleges and other institutions affiliated to Osmania University will also start functioning from Monday.

However, many state syllabus schools, especially those located in areas including Kukatpally, Tarnaka and Abids have announced that they will not be functioning on Monday. The school authorities said that they will take a call on reopening of schools on Tuesday, if the situation is peaceful.

Meanwhile, many parents are agitated over the decision of some of the schools to remain closed even on Monday. While most schools in the city had a 20-day Dasara vacation this year due to Sakala Janula Samme, parents were expecting the schools to reopen on October 10. A group of 40 parents staged a dharna at Kukatpally Crossroads asking the school managements to reopen their institutions. They also approached the Kukatpally police on Sunday asking them to convince the school managements to reopen schools. The miffed parents also sought police protection to run schools and colleges in their area. However, the T-JAC on Saturday had asked schools and other educational institutions to remain shut in support of the Telangana agitation.

The schools have already lost 40 working days out of 221 due to the Telangana agitation. If the schools do not reopen on Monday and suspend classes for another week, they will not be able to make up for the lost working days, officials said. Considering parents’ request, the Recognised Schools managements’ association has sent a petition to the T-JAC asking them to exempt schools from the agitation. The association has also asked students’ unions in the region not to disturb classes in those institutions that are reopening on Monday. Officials of some state schools said that while many of them might not reopen on Monday they could do so later this week.

“We need to study the situation and take a call,” said a management representative. However, several CBSE and ICSE schools in the city have decided to reopen on Monday in spite of the bandh call. Schools including Jubilee Hills Public School, P Obul Reddy School, Glendale Academy, Meridian and Chinmaya Vidyalaya will reopen as per schedule on Monday, officials said.

Osmania University, has decided to reopen their campus, constituent and affiliated colleges on Monday, after the Dasara vacation, officials said. However, some of the affiliated colleges said that they will function only if RTC buses start plying.

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