Schools cope with swine flu fallout
Having been able to contain the swine flu infection to an extent, most schools are now ready to resume their normal schedule. HT Correspondent reports.delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2009 01:21 IST
Having been able to contain the swine flu infection to an extent, most schools are now ready to resume their normal schedule.
But they are faced with the somewhat challenging task of making up for lost working days.
As per the health department’s advisory, most schools — St Thomas School, St Columba’s School, Springdales School, Pusa Road and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya — had quarantined the affected sections between five days to a week.
This coupled with one week lost after the education department directed all schools to extend summer vacations has made things a little uncomfortable.
But schools have had a plan in place.
Springdales and St. Thomas School, for instance, had uploaded assignments on their website for quarantined students. This, as teachers put it, was essential as some of the affected sections have their Board examination this year.
“We ensured that children got assignments for each and every subject for the days they were at home. This way, teachers would not have to struggle to complete the curriculum once they rejoined,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Others, St Thomas School and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, who otherwise have a five-day week are hoping to make up by working a few Saturdays.
As per government directives, all schools should have a minimum of 210 working days in a year.
“No institution is under any obligation to seek our permission before closing for whatever reason. They just have to meet the 210 working days criteria,” said education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.