Imphal, Feb 3:
Six prominent student organizations have issued a compelling plea to educational institutions, urging them not to impose admission and tuition fees on students currently residing in relief camps. The students’ bodies have vehemently denounced such actions as inhumane and are calling for a compassionate approach towards those affected by recent displacements due to house burnings and potential threats.
In an official press release, the student bodies – Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) and one major student organization, highlighted concerns about certain institutions demanding fees from displaced students, contrary to the humanitarian spirit exhibited by many others.
The release shed light on instances where students from relief camps faced exclusion during the admission process in schools affiliated with the Catholic Education Society. Allegedly, some students were turned away, citing seat unavailability. In response, the six student bodies are fervently urging educational institutions to reserve vacant seats, ensuring that students affected by conflicts and displacement are not deprived of their right to education.
Furthermore, the collective appeal extends to the Government of Manipur, urging prompt review and support for students currently residing in relief camps. The student organizations emphasize the necessity of timely provision of essential educational resources to facilitate a seamless continuation of their education.