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Schools put off excursions, scale down events

delhi Updated: Dec 05, 2008 23:59 IST
Rititka Chopra
Rititka Chopra
Hindustan Times
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For schools across the Capital, the month of December will be one of cancelled or postponed excursions and events.

In wake of terror threats and a spate of hoax calls received by schools, extra-curricular activities — especially ones organised on a large scale — have taken a beating.

Several reputed schools have beefed up security at entry gates - metal detectors are the newest measure. They also held meetings to cancel, postpone or change the nature of outdoor activities planned for the students.

Delhi Public School, RK Puram, postponed its trip to Bombay and Goa planned for December till summers. Tagore International School, East of Kailash, cancelled a trip to Ranthambore after a meeting on Thursday.

"Security concern is the obvious reason behind our decision. We don't want to send students for any trip involving long journeys. So instead we'll send them to nearby places. Parents will be informed about the changes very soon," said Suman Nath, principal, Tagore International School, East of Kailash.

Delhi Public School, Dwarka, sent a circular to parents on Wednesday asking for their consent to stall the annual picnic.

Ryan International School, Chanakyapuri, decided to reduce the scale of its carnival to be held later this month. "The carnival is meant for the entire school, but this time we're thinking of confining it to the junior school only. Plus, we're not too sure if we'll invite parents for the same," said Anju Uppal, principal, Ryan International School.

At Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, guests invited for the annual fete will be frisked.