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By Our Special Correspondent
TIRUCHI, JULY 19. The Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has planned to take up a study of the condition of all educational institutions in the State, in the wake of the fire at a Kumbakonam school, and will present a report to the Government.
In a statement here today, the district convener, Palanikumar, demanded that the Government take steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. He also sought stringent action against the school management and officials of the Education Department for their `negligence'. The Government should also ban thatched roofs in schools, tuition centres and cinema houses, he said.
The Revolutionary Student and Youth Front secretary, M. Dhandapani, blamed the Government for the tragedy, claiming that it granted permission for starting private schools without ensuring that they adhered to the rules. The Government, he said, should not encourage setting up of private schools, and instead provide free education to all.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal urban district president, M. Thiruvengadam Yadav, urged the Government to take action against the officials who had failed to discharge their duties properly and upgrade the quality of education in the government schools to prevent parents admitting their wards in private schools.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal vice-president, A. G. Ramachandran, sought adequate compensation to the families of the victims.
The Tamil Nadu Consumer Federation general secretary, M. Sekaran, demanded that the Government set up schools of good standard, introduce English medium in all of its schools, permit only service organisations to run private schools and appoint adequate staff in the Education Department.
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