Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of government school teachers as 90 students hurdled in a neighbour's bedroom to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at Malakpur village, 14 km from Ludhiana.
A visit to Government Primary School, Malakpur, revealed that though the schoolteachers had made arrangements in an adjoining house that had a big hall, due to power cut and cable connection failure the teachers had to make other arrangements. Then, another villager made arrangements in his house and students were accommodated in a bedroom which had a LCD. A few students were directed to sit on the bed, while others were accommodated on the floor.
One of the teachers who wished not to be named said, "We have made efforts so that students can listen to the PM's speech but due to rain and power cut our efforts failed. But, when Harinder Singh, a villager, asked us to send students to his house to listen to the PM's speech, we breathed a sigh of relief."
Aditya Rana, a student of Class 5, said, "I was very excited to listen to Modi's speech through television as we just have a radio at our place. When we reached the house adjoining to our school I was very excited to see a LCD television for the first time."
At Government Primary School, Salempur, 158 students were listening to the speech through radio. The students of Classes 1 to 5 were sitting in their respective classrooms and were listening to the PM's speech. The school was reeling under a power cut since 2pm.
A schoolteacher on the condition of anonymity said, "It is difficult for students to sit for six-odd hours in school as we started at 11am. I think the timings of the speech should have been in the morning as on the Teachers' Day, we are forced to sit in school till 5pm."
At Government Senior Secondary School, Ayali Khurd, 880 students were made to sit in corridors as the school Edusat lab was small to accommodate so many students. A loudspeaker was attached with the Edusat equipment so that students and teachers could listen to the speech.
School principal Varinder Kumar said, "We have made arrangements in the school ground but rain forced us to make students sit in the corridor. Also, there was no power in the school since 2pm so we were using the inverter to make students listen to the speech."