Citing ‘security threat’ in the area, two local Kendriya Vidyalayas, including KV-31 and KV-3BRD, authorities on Thursday declared holidays for students from January 22 to 27.
Confirming the same, principals of both the schools Sandhya Sharma (KV-31) and Sham Chawla (KV-3BRD located in the air force area) - said the holidays were being declared on the basis of the orders issued to them by the authorities. “The holidays are only declared for students and not for teachers or senior authorities of the school,” said Sandhya.
“Further information regarding the step has been kept ‘confidential’. The decision was taken on orders received from the authorities over telephone on Thursday morning, which was followed by a written notice,” Chawla told HT.
The order regarding closure of these two schools was issued by chairman of the Vidyalaya management committee and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan deputy commissioner (DC).
While chairman of the Vidyalaya management committee could not be contacted, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan DC JM Rawat said, “We have issued notices to all KVs to take immediate action in case of any security threat and not cause any delay in such a scenario. At present, we have received confirmation about two KVs declaring holidays for students for five days, especially due to their location.”
This is being done to enhance security in view of the approaching Republic Day, said sources.
Meanwhile, after attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2014, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a list of guidelines to its affiliated schools, following which, the authorities had formed teams of policemen, who had visited schools to check safety provisions.
Director school education Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We have not received any specific inputs from the police so far regarding security breach in schools here. However, we will examine the matter and take precautionary measures to ensure that all schools are abiding by the CBSE guidelines.”