Telangana: Govt ultimatum works, teachers to resume duties

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New Delhi, Oct 17: Pro-Telangana teachers who were on strike in support for a separate state will resume their duties after the government issued an ultimatum to schools to face de-recognition if the strike was not called off.

The teachers have decided to join back for the sake of students but will continue to support the cause.

"We have given some relaxation to our fight for separate statehood. Keeping in view the future of students, we will attend to our duties. We are not worried about our salaries," said leaders of pro-Telangana teachers' unions.

They also said that the date of teachers resuming back on their duties will be announced soon.

The Department of School Education was directed by the government to take action against those private schools who failed to reopen from Monday, Oct 17.

The step came following parents meeting with Chief Minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy and the parents' associations demanding that schools be re-opened by Oct 16 keeping in mind the children's interest by adding that they would intensify the on-going agitation if government failed to act.

The Chief Minister however assured parents that the government would wait till Oct 16 to see if schools would open and then take action on the same.

“As per GO Ms No. 1, the government has the power to de-recognise private schools which fail to adhere to the directives of the state on implementing the academic calendar," said an official, School Education department.

At least 15,000 private schools affiliated to Telangana Private Schools Association have remained closed since Sept 13. While many schools have started functioning in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy from Oct 9, corporate schools owned by managements from Seemandhra region have not re-opened yet, fearing attacks from Telangana agitators.

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