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Will Akshara, Ananthu attend school?

July 15, 2004 15:54 IST

Two HIV infected children's desire to attend school has divided Kottiyoor, a small town in Kerala.

On Thursday, a group of parents staged a demonstration to oppose the move to enroll eight-year-old Akshara and her brother, six-year-old Ananthu, at the S N Lower Primary School.

Kottiyoor panchayat president K J Joseph later met the angry parents to discuss the matter. Joseph was expected to brief Deputy Director of Education K Ravindran later in the day.

When Akshara and Ananthu, students of second and first standard respectively, arrived at the school on Wednesday, armed with a government directive to admit them, they had faced stiff resistance from the parents of other children.

The brother-sister duo had drawn wide media attention when they staged a protest before the secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram demanding they be allowed to attend a school in their home town.

Chief Minister A K Antony had then directed the concerned authorities to admit the two to the S N Lower Primary School.

He also granted Rs 25,000 to the children for medical expenses.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Apathy Abound

I think blame should be laid under the door of the government as much as the 'angry' parents. Had the govt. been more mature in ...

Posted by Ch V Kalyan

Sub: sad

Who are these parents ? what sort of role models are they being to their children.

Posted by sashidharan komandur

Sub: HIV+Kids want to go to school

Both the childrens should be allowed to go to school regards Desai

Posted by Rajesh Desai

Sub: allow them

the kids should be allowed to attend school. This should not happen in Kerala were the literecy rate is high.

Posted by biju



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