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Students rue change in school timing

Eileen Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 26, 2013
First Published: 11:11 IST(26/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:17 IST(26/7/2013)

The change in Class 11 timings of government schools from 12.30 to 2 pm, has not gone down well with students and coaching institutes of the city.

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Students claim that they took admission in a government school, for they had to attend coaching classes after 12.30, but with the new timings being implied, the point of taking admission there has been nullified.

The new timings were implied from the current new session and have mostly brought in negative reactions from students and the coaching institutes.

Following the change in timings, the engineering and medical entrance coaching centres of the city have also been forced to change their tutorial timings.

GIITJEE managing director Anil Verma said "This is pressurising the children as their time for self-study has reduced. The children have to rush everywhere. Most of them are opting out of popular government schools and opting for dummy schools instead because they don't want the child to come regularly and just sit for the annual examinations."

Tarun Singh, who took admission in Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16 questions, "Why didn't the schools and education department notify the increase in school timing sooner? It would have helped us chose a dummy school. We could have saved time for self study. Now that I have already taken admission in one of the best coaching institutes and spent a lot of money, what is the way out?"

The rule will do no good if not implied effectively, feels Ganguly's Chemistry Academy director Ananya Ganguly.

"Introducing this rule is a very good thing but then emphasis needs to be laid on proper schooling and teaching children through NCERT books which will contribute to the child's knowledge. But, if the time table is not being properly utilised, then this will not work at all because in this competitive world every child is rushing and striving to be the best," she said.

Another student Pooja Rawat who is preparing for IIT-JEE entrance said, "This has disturbed my schedule and we should've been informed about this in advance, before the admission process started. This came mid-way and now we are stuck with the schedule and over burdened."

Child psychologist Monica Sandhu feels that the children will end up being over stressed because of the decision. "This will only increase the mental pressure and reduce the self study time," she added.

Meanwhile, DPI (schools) Upkar Singh maintained that the change is for the betterment of the students.

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