Four high school teachers allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison Thursday evening at Freedom Park,where they had been protesting for the past 65 days demanding government aid for private schools.
The police said H K Lohith,principal of Jayavardhana School,Mandya; Mahesh,Kannada teacher at a public school in Piriyapatna; Devaraj,principal of Manasa School,and Jayavardhana Nayak,a teacher at Jeevan Jyothi School in Adigala,consumed poison at around 4 pm while talking to a news channel.
Lohith and Nayak were taken to Victoria Hospital and are said to be out of danger. Mahesh and Devaraj are under observation at KC General Hospital. Shashidhar,another teacher,said they had been demanding immediate release of grant to unaided schools across the state. The protest was organised by Karnataka State Unaided School Teachers Federation. There are over 3,000 unaided schools in the state and some of them are funded by the government. Several years ago,the government decided to fund private schools opened between 1987 and 1994 but the decision has not been implemented because of political changes and other reasons.
At several schools,teachers who havent been paid in full by the management have staged protests for immediate release of funds.