The Punjab government’s last minute order announcing Wednesday as a working day in schools resulted to confusion among students, due to which attendance remained low in government schools. Earlier, July 6 was declared as a holiday for Eid, but it was postponed to July 7. Unaware, many students did not turn up at schools on Wednesday.
Of 152 students at Government Primary School, College Road, just two reached the school. In another middle school in the same locality, two students turned up of total 73 students, and teachers sat idle the throughout day.
The situation was no different in other schools. Around 100 of total 750 students attended classes at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road. Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, with total strength of 2,500 witnessed the presence of only 250 students.
“There were no such instructions till 2pm on Tuesday. Around 9.30pm, I received a message saying the official holiday for Eid is on July 7,” said Sanjeev Thapar, principal of GMSSS-PAU. “I called up the teachers, who informed the students, but only 250 of them attended the school.”
“If the authorities will inform the school-heads after school hours, it is difficult to circulate the information among all students,” said a teacher, requesting anonymity.
COLLEGES REMAIN CLOSED
On the directions of Panjab University, the city colleges remained closed on Wednesday. The university website states: The colleges are directed to conduct admissions from July 7.