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At noon, Fridays, UP schools will close

February 19, 2004 17:16 IST
Last Updated: February 19, 2004 18:19 IST

In a move that could have political ramifications in the run up to Lok Sabha election, the Mulayam Singh Yadav government has directed all government schools and colleges up to intermediate level in Uttar Pradesh to wrap up their teaching work by noon on Fridays.

A government order was issued to this effect on February 16.

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Though officials in Lucknow refused to give any reason for the decision, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that it was a politically motivated move to woo Muslim voters.

The state unit president of BJP, Vinay Katiyar, said it was aimed at "communalising education" and demanded that a similar relaxation be made on Tuesdays to help Hindus offer prayers.

Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, Lalji Tandon, said the government was playing with the future of children. The move was aimed at appeasing the minorities, he added.

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Number of User Comments: 10

Sub: Tactical move

Basically he showed the lack of education, this is indeed good & bad for childerns. They should find more time to finish subjects. But good ...

Posted by nanduus

Sub: Why not? but...

Bravado Mulayam! Five day week + half day on friday + should give half day on Tuesday + the already royal behaviour of govt teachers ...

Posted by cheez_m

Sub: Closing school on fridays...

Dear Editor, I am a phd student from university of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. This article really disturbs me as I am sure it does ...

Posted by Karthik Gomadam

Sub: upgovt decision on closing of schools on friday noon.

The politicians again started to play the communal card to appease a section of people. This will flare up more communalism than uniting the people. ...

Posted by crsrinivasan

Sub: A step backwards

In an era where countries like France are trying to take a step forward by delinking religious issues with civil laws, Mr Yadav has pushed ...

Posted by Vikrant


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