Schools tell parents to pick and drop wards
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
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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.