Imphal, July 6:
The news about the shooting of a woman at Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi area in Imphal West today morning has created panic among parents, who have sent their wards to schools following the announcement of schools from today by the government.
“I will not send my daughter to school from tomorrow as I can’t put her at risk”, a parent who came to Little Flower School told Imphal Times. He said that the state government should not open the school if they cannot keep the environment safe for the children. Before announcing for opening of the schools the government should take up effective security measures for the children by first putting the ongoing crisis under control.
Following the announcement of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Normal classes for students of Class-I to VIII in schools across Manipur have been resumed on Wednesday after a break of almost two months amid simmering tensions with sporadic incidents of gunfights in foothills.
The first day of reopening of the schools recorded low attendance in all the violence-hit districts with most of the parents and guardians choosing not to send their wards to schools.
All schools, colleges, and other educational institutions across the state remained closed since May 4 after clashes broke out on May 3.
Initially, the state government planned to reopen the school on June 21. However, it was postponed till date due to deteriorating law-and-order situation.
Attendance was however reported high in hill districts like Senapati, Tamenglong, and Ukhrul which were unaffected by the violence. There are no reports of schools opening at Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts.
Except 96 schools which were made into relief camps for the displaced, all 4,617 schools including government, government-aided, and private schools were reopened for the resumption of normal classes from Class I to VIII from Wednesday.