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Mizoram: School students walk 45 km to meet CM; submit letter to upgrade school

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Aizawl, Sep 22: The students of Mizoram’s Thingsulthliah Higher Secondary School took up a unique initiative by walking 45 km to upgrade their school from the lump-sum ‘grant-in-aid’ category to ‘adhoc-grant-in-aid status’.

On Wednesday, the students walked 45 kms from their village to state capital Aizawl to personally deliver a letter of appeal to chief minister Zoramthanga and state education minister Lalchhandama Ralte to upgrade their school.

The students, who marched on foot for over 10 hours in one day to deliver the letter, received massive support from their village, where shops, km and educational institutions were shut down from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Around 3pm on Wednesday, the students reached the outskirts of the capital Aizawl, where they were received by the president and members of the Mizo Students’ Union.

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Seven members from the school’s student union body, along with the Mizo Students’ Union, met CM Zoramthanga at 10am on Thursday and submitted the letter of appeal for the upgradation of their school’s status.

Thingsulthliah Higher Secondary School principal R. Lalfakawma said they have been demanding the status upgrade from the government since they promised it in 2018.

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He said, “During the 2018 general election campaign, the government promised to upgrade our institution from the lump-sum grant-in-aid category to ad-hoc grant-in-aid status, but the promise has not been delivered till today. But we are hopeful that our school will very soon be upgraded.”

Thingsulthliah Higher Secondary School currently has 156 students and 13 staff. The school currently has the highest record of enrollment among single educational institutions in the villages of Mizoram.

The school was established by the Thingsulthliah Village Council in 2004.

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