Mangaluru, Aug 08, 2016: Sri Durga Friends Club Keranki organised a district level protest near Town Hall on August 8, Monday to oppose the moves to close some government schools in Dakshina Kannada.
Addressing the protestors, Senior Writer Erya Laxminarayana Alva said that the education system in the state was presently in a critical state wherein several Kannada Medium schools are on the verge of permanent closure. This will have a negative impact on under privileged children to get enrolled to schools.
He also said that though people who learnt in Kannada medium were in good positions, people still hesitate to send their children to Kannada Medium schools. He also urged the government to ensure that some schools do not get closed permanently.
In his introductory speech President of Sri Durga Friends Prakash Anchan said that the condition of the students in remote areas are pathetic due to shortage of teachers and also criticised the new rule of transferring additional teachers.
"We are dismayed with the response from the government so far to our demands. The government needs to fulfil the demands immediately. The government should withdraw transfer of additional teachers and appoint teachers to schools which has shortage of teaching staff, he said and warned of a state wide stir and a “Bengaluru Chalo” programme if the demands were not fulfilled.
Education activist Ashok Bhat and Media Convenor Sandeep were present.