When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his televised Teachers’ Day speech on Friday, hundreds of students will be worrying about how to get back home or listening raptly and taking notes for a ‘test’ on it the next day.
Most schools in the Capital have made it mandatory for students to stay back for the 3-4.30pm telecast. Some even plan to take attendance and fine students who skip school.However, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) — which provides close to 1,000 buses to 95 schools — has refused to change its schedule to pick up students in the evening. "We will provide buses in the morning but 5pm is peak office hour.
The general public will be inconvenienced if we divert buses to schools,” said a DTC spokesperson.
“We have, therefore, requested parents to pick up their children,” said Anuradha Joshi, principal, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. Other schools, like Tagore International, have hired private buses.
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Similar arrangements have been made by NCR schools, though they have not made attendance mandatory like in Delhi.
Bal Bharati Public School in Noida is closed on Friday as exams start Saturday. But it has asked students to catch Modi’s speech at home as they will be tested on it the next day.
“All five main papers will have a question each on the PM’s address carrying two marks each,” said a school circular.
“Many parents came to us with concerns about transportation. After consulting them and our officials, we have decided to take the day off.
But students will have to listen to the speech carefully as we will include questions in the exam,” said principal Asha Prabhakar.
“We have anticipated what the PM’s speech will be about and prepared a questionnaire. Students will be required to fill it in,” added Kamini Bhasin, principal of DPS Noida “Though we have not made attendance mandatory, we have told parents to make sure their children watch the speech,” she added.
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