Rain played spoilsport due to which weak signal on satellite televisions, changes in venue and erratic power supply was witnessed in district schools as management prepared for students to listen to Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s speech to mark Teacher’s Day.
Seating arrangements for students had to be changed from open grounds in school complexes to either lobbies or classrooms at the eleventh hour, leading to chaos.
Rural schools were the most affected as management in these schools had to shift the venue from school to private houses in the area which had spacious halls or rooms to enable students to listen to the PM’s speech.
School incharge Rekha Verma of Government Elementary and Middle School, Khanpur, told HT that she had first arranged for an open space in the village gurdwara but due to the rains, they had to arrange for a private house to listen to the PM’s speech.
Government High School, Sirhind headmaster Ram Lal said it was a tedious job for teachers to make students be present in school and making the programme successful.
Besides, electricity was another issue which played spoilsport as the school managements had arranged LED television sets and radio sets too but all equipment was rendered non-functional due to power cuts. In Sirhind, there was no power supply since morning and electricity was restored only at 6 pm.
However, the officiating district education officer Parveen Kumar said around 61,750 people had seen the programme.