On the first day of new school session in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, students in over 400 schools failed to attend classes as their institutions are being used as centres for different examinations. But the students, who were fortunate to attend classes, had to clean their schools.
At least 225 schools were occupied as examination centre for the “Ruk Jana Nahi” scheme, which allows those students to take exams who could not clear the board examination. The Madhya Pradesh State Open School is conducting the examination. Examinations under the scheme will be held till June 25.
Besides, more than 200 schools were made centres for the examinations of Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Education.
“Teachers in particular were very upset about students’ time loss in the current academic session. No one says that the examination should be halted or stopped midway, but when the authorities knew that the session will commence by June 16 then why not alternative arrangements were made for exams,” Madhya Pradesh Shikshak Congress secretary Ashutosh Pandey said.
In many government schools in Bhopal, students had to clean chairs and tables to make rangolis despite assurance from chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday that students would get a clean surrounding to study under ‘Swachh Bharat Swacch School Abhiyan’.
In a school, students waited for more than 2 hours for the local corporator to inaugurate the session. At some schools, children were seen sorting out books and copies.
Sanjay Gandhi Middle School in Bhopal, which is also alma mater of the chief minister, remained locked in the morning while children kept waiting outside.
Chief minister Chouhan on Wednesday launched ‘School Chalen Hum’ campaign with much emphasis on a conducive atmosphere for students in schools. He also made promises of imparting quality education for holistic development.