School girls seemed happy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emphasis on building toilets for them, but there was disappointment over the PM 'ignoring' the question on rising cases of teachers' misbehaviour with students.
"My friends and I were really happy that our Prime Minister is concerned about building toilets in schools. But at the same time, we were disappointed when he neglected the question asked over misbehaviour of teachers with students," said Vaibhavi Dev, a Class 9 student of Mahirshi Vidya Mandir.
Another student, Sanjukta Chatterjee of St Joseph's Girls School, said, "Toilets for girls are a must in schools. It feels really bad when I read our country lacks such a basic facility in schools. It was a relief to hear that our Prime Minister touched upon the issue in his speech. However, I felt the question over teacher misbehavior with students was also relevant."
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While some students were listening to the PM and clapping at times, many were seen wandering in parks and having fun at food joints in the vicinity of their schools. In some government schools, students were roaming outside because of lack of space in the hall.
Students of most of the private schools in Bhopal city enjoyed the programme on big screens, while government schools mostly managed to arrange a television set and cable connections. Some schools had not made proper arrangements for telecast.
Parents waiting for their children to take them home also seemed unhappy over odd timings. "The timing of the programme was a bit odd, now I would not be able go back to office after dropping my son home," said Devesh Pandey, a parent standing outside Campion School.