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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Teachers in Indian school sex scandal

The authorities in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have ordered an inquiry into a government-run school for tribal girls.

Six of the pupils at the school -- girls from remote country districts who live in a hostel to which male visitors are banned -- are pregnant and police believe the school's male teachers are responsible.

They've been detained for questioning.

The state's Tribal Welfare Minister, M Manikumari has criticised the school authorities for employing male teachers at a girls' school but local officials say it's difficult to find female teachers willing to work in tribal schools which are mostly located in remote areas.

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