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AGARTALA: Movement for Backward Peoples' Education on Tuesday have blocked national highways in four areas in Tripura to press Tripura Board of Secondary Education allowing over 100 ST Madhyamik drop-out students to sit for the examination at any nearest centre of Madhyamik Drop-out Coaching Center.
Apart from the drop-out students, the Joint Forum comprising some political parties, social organisations, and students' organisation took part in the agitation at Mohanpur in west tripura District, Udaipur in Gomati District, Sepahijala and Dhalai District since 9 AM and is slated to be continued till 3 PM.
Earlier, the ST drop out students had swarmed the streets on December 1 to meet the TBSE president for their demand. But the police however stopped them in the mid-way.
Joint convener of the Movement For Backward Peoples' Education – Buchuk Barak said that the TBSE made a rule that the drop-out students of their respective schools would have to sit for the exams in those centers fixed by the schools from the next academic year.
The Association protested the TBSE's decision stating that it would prevent the students from getting assistance from the coaching centers before examinations as they would have to return back their homes.
"If our demand is not met, we will go for a vigorous movement," Barak said.
Indigeneous Peoples' Front of Tripura chief NC Debbarma said that they extend their support to the agitation, though they didn't participate in the agitation.
A total of 22 ST students who sat for Madhyamik examinations at Simna and Jampuijala centers in 2014 secured first division marks. Though they were alleged of getting good marks by cheating in those centers,no evidence has been confirmed in favour of the allegation till date.
There are a total of 32 residential coaching centers which impart coaching to nearly 1,000 drop-out students across the state since 15 years. These centers are run by total 15 Non- Government Organizations (NGOs) under the sponsorship of Tribal Welfare Department.
During that period, they used to sit for the Madhyamik exams in the nearest centre to those coaching centers. The drop-out students under the banner 'All Tripura NGOs Association' had organized a 21-day long sit-in-demonstration at Stable Ground from November 6. After that, they had decided to extend their stir for another one month.