Schools tell par­ents to pick and drop wards

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New Delhi: With trans­porters in the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion (NCR) go­ing on strike to protest against the hefty fines un­der the amended Motor Ve­hi­cles Act, most schools in Delhi have asked par­ents to drop and pick up their chil­dren on Thurs­day, and use ei­ther pri­vate ve­hi­cles or the metro as school buses are likely to re­main off duty. A few schools have, how­ever, de­cided to re­main closed.

“We have sent a message to the stu­dents that trans­port won’t be ply­ing but the school re­mains open,” said Su­man Ku­mar, prin­ci­pal of Blue­bells School In­ter­na­tional. In many schools, the stu­dents of classes IX to XII have al­ready been “given study leave”, she added. Tagore In­ter­na­tional School will also re­main open. But many stu­dents are on study leave there, too, said prin­ci­pal Mad­hu­lika Sen.

Spring­dales Pusa Road has asked stu­dents to come to school as it sup­ports the govern­ment move “to bring in greater se­cu­rity and stronger traf­fic norms”. While a few stu­dents will face dif­fi­culty, “a ma­jor­ity of our stu­dents uses the metro and we have de­cided to keep the school open”, said prin­ci­pal Ameeta Wat­tal.

Amity In­ter­na­tional will also stay open as “most of our stu­dents re­side in the nearby ar­eas and we are sure that they will make to school in pri­vate ve­hi­cles or the metro,” said Savita Me­hta, its spokesper­son.

How­ever, a few schools have de­cided to stay closed. “We have de­cided not to con­duct classes... be­cause of the prob­lems that stu­dents may face. But we have in­formed our stu­dents that in­stead of Thurs­day, we will have an ex­tra day on Sat­ur­day,” said DPS RK Pu­ram prin­ci­pal Vanita Se­h­gal.

In Noida and Ghazi­abad, many schools have de­ferred their half-yearly ex­am­i­na­tions “in the in­ter­est of the stu­dents”. Nis­hant Sharma, di­rec­tor of Noida’s Vidya Bal Bhawan, said, “When it comes to the safety of stu­dents, we can’t take any risk.” Shiv Nadar School, DPS Noida and Amity In­ter­na­tional School will also stay shut.

In Ghazi­abad, DPS Indi­ra­pu­ram said they had sent out SMSes to par­ents about the hol­i­day. “We have de­ferred an exam to Fri­day,” said vice-prin­ci­pal Priya John. Pre­sid­ium School and St Thomas School will also

75-year-old com­mits sui­cide in Dwarka:

A 75-year-old man al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self at his home in Dwarka’s Mo­han Gar­den.

Police said that the man, iden­ti­fied as Su­bodh Ku­mar, was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for de­pres­sion at DDU Hospi­tal for the last 5-6 years. “No foul play is sus­pected. How­ever, the body has been sent for au­topsy,” said a police of­fi­cer. re­main closed.

In Gur­gaon, how­ever, the strike is likely to have lit­tle im­pact as most pri­vate schools will hold classes. But some have sent an ad­vi­sory to par­ents to make their own ar­range­ments. But Roshni Ma­lik, prin­ci­pal of Salwan Pub­lic School, said its pick-and-drop service would re­main op­er­a­tional. While DPS Sec­tor 45 will stay open, Ryan In­ter­na­tional School will stay closed.

“School ve­hi­cles should be ex­empted from such strikes,” de­manded Ya­ten­dra Kasana, pres­i­dent of All Noida School Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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