Imphal, Mar 3 : Students and teachers in Manipur are tired of activities of militants in the State, which has affected the growth of education.
The teachers say that different militant groups have been demanding money from educational authorities. These demands have resulted in shutdown of educational institutions. A five-kilometer long rally was taken out here last week by the All Manipur Recognized Private Schools' Welfare Association and Manipur Educational Development Research Association.
"Education scenario in Manipur is really very bad. We are always being victimised by different pressure groups, different type of monetary demands, frequent shutdowns and blockages. This kind of atmosphere is not suitable for smooth and peaceful education," said N. Rameshwar Singh, General Secretary, All Manipur Recognized Private Schools' Welfare Association.
It saw the participation of more than five thousand students and around a thousand teachers. "The institutions in Manipur, particularly in Imphal, have been harassed by underground groups. They have been demanding huge amount of money, which hurts the administration of institutions. It also hurts parents and students," said Dominic, a teacher of Pioneer School.
This is for the first time in recent months that such a strong sentiment against militant activities in Manipur, have been expressed so openly and so fearlessly.
Private schools have been facing hard times in the state due to heavy monetary demands by militant outfits.
"We want peace for our education, as education is very important for a student's life. We also want peace, so that we can work for the development of our country and society," said Daina, a student.
In recent months, some of the premier schools in Imphal, like Navodaya Vidalya, Manipur Public School and Little Angels School have been shutdown for this reason.
At a time when the annual exams are to start in a few weeks time, such disturbance by militant groups is threatening the future prospects of the young generation.