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Student union calls off protest, planned bandhs over school timing changes

Schools have begun at 8 am, which is earlier by between half-an-hour to an hour for most schools.

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Published: April 25, 2015 10:00:20 pm

The Mizo Students Union has called off it’s more than week-long protest and planned bandhs over change in school timings saying it has reached an agreement with the government.

Schools have begun at 8 am from the current academic session, which is earlier by between half-an-hour to an hour for most schools.

MSU president P C Lalrinhlua said Saturday the union and the government have decided to observe for a year whether the new timings benefits students, parents and academics as a whole or not.

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Lalrinhlua added MSU members would be co-opted in teams set up by the government to make the observation.

The MSU had rallied support from various organizations, especially in the state’s southern regions, to stop education department officials from attending office and had at several places also picketed schools to stop students from attending classes.

Bandhs had also been observed in at least three southern towns in the past week, and the MSU had planned to enforce bandhs in a number of towns and hold rallies in state capital Aizawl this coming week.

All these have now been cancelled.

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