A group of students in a private school in Hyderabad’s Chaitanyapuri held the protest against the long school hours and demanded justice. The protesting students of high school, who held a sit-in protest on Saturday, accused the school authorities of running classes from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm and raised slogans — ‘we want justice’.
“Our school classes are held from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm while in other schools, the classes are conducted from 8 am to 4.30 pm. After school hours, we again go to tuitions and there is homework also,” a student is seen saying in a video circulated in media.
” By the time we go to sleep it is around 10.30 pm to 11 pm and again next morning we have to get up at 5.30 am to attend school at 6.30 am. We are deprived of sleep…parents also need to understand,” the student said.
Asked about their demands, other protesting students said they wanted immediate change in timings of school classes. City-based child rights NGO ‘Balala Hakkula Sangham’ accused the school management of subjecting the school children to stress.
The NGO’s honorary president Achyuta Rao alleged that the school authorities are violating all the norms and moreover giving heavy homework to students.
“The students told us that they are hardly getting any sleep after studying 13 to 14 hours and again their parents are sending them to tuitions,” Rao said.
He further said they have brought the matter to the notice of Ranga Reddy District Collector, seeking action against the school for “violating norms”.
Students of a private #school in #Hyderabad sat on dharna to complain they have to attend school from 6:30 am for over 12 hours; followed by #tution & #homework; so they sleep close to midnight & wake up again at 5/5:30 am to get ready for school; first time #students speak out pic.twitter.com/h5KTIwsa7c
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) November 12, 2017
Meanwhile, a school official refuted the allegations and said they conduct classes from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and the students are given 30 minutes break in between and the students are asked to do the homework within the school timings.