Gurgaon district administration decides against shutting schools
Over 10 Gurgaon private schools have suspended classes as the hazardous particles trapped in the air might take more time to disperse. Parents are demanding that other schools be closed too.gurgaon Updated: Nov 08, 2016 00:09 IST
Over 10 Gurgaon private schools have suspended classes as the hazardous particles trapped in the air might take more time to disperse. Parents are demanding that other schools be closed too.
However, the district administration has decided against declaring a holiday on Tuesday after taking a vote from school principals.
Pathways School Gurgaon and Manav Rachna International School in Sector 51 (pre-nursery and nursery classes), have declared holidays till Tuesday. Schools, including The Shri Ram schools in Aravali and Moulsari, Presidium school (till class 3), The Nobel School, Old Lady Fatima, Paras World School, Indus World School and Heritage School (nursery classes) and Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, will remain shut till Wednesday.
Haryana additional chief secretary (education), PK Das, said he has given the deputy commissioners of districts the authority to decide if offs should be given.
“The deputy commissioners of all districts in the NCR have been given the authority to decide if a holiday should be declared after consulting schools and health officials of the area,” Das said.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash told the media that he took a vote from school principals and decided against declaring a holiday.
Additional deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said as the level of PM2.5 has gone down, there is no need to give a holiday and the decision will be taken on a daily basis.
“We have decided not to close schools in Gurgaon tomorrow (Tuesday) as PM 2.5 levels have drastically gone down today (Monday). We will decide on a day-to-day basis,” Singh said.
Around 200 other schools are continuing with classes after issuing notifications about curbing outdoor activities and advising students to wear masks. But worried parents have demanded closure, especially of schools that are neither centrally air conditioned nor equipped with air purifiers.
“My child has developed cough and sore throat because of the smog. The school is not ready to give an off. There are no air conditioners or air purifiers and students sit in the classrooms with open windows, which is dangerous for their health,” a parent whose child studies in Ryan International School, Sohna Road, said.
Parents also said some schools have declared holidays only for certain classes. A student with a weak respiratory system might be studying in a higher class but because of the ‘biased’ attitude of schools, children are suffering, a parent said.
“The school is closed for students from nursery to class 3. How is it fair? Aren’t students studying in higher classes prone to the hazardous pollutants? The schools should give an off to all children,” a parent whose children are studying in Presidium School said.
A school principal said the institution has been taking all precautions required for the safety and health of students and if any directive came from the directorate of school education, they would adhere to it.