Schools in two minds over starting second shifts
The Delhi government may have cleared the deck for schools to start second shifts, but many educational institutions are caught in two minds about starting a new shift. Mallica Joshi reports.Updated: Jul 07, 2013 00:00 IST
The Delhi government may have cleared the deck for schools to start second shifts, but many educational institutions are caught in two minds about starting a new shift.
Most schools, however, agree to the fact that that holding classes in two shifts was the only way to meet the educational needs of the ever-growing population of the city.
"In a city like Delhi, it (second shifts in schools) is among the few things that can be done to provide quality education to the children. It is a step in the right direction. It is very important, however, to make sure that the quality of education in both shifts is at par. This will ensure that the experiment becomes a success," said Lata Vaidyanathan, principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road.
The school, however, has not yet discussed the option of starting a second shift.
The talk of schools being allowed to start a second shift has, incidentally, been on for many years. The basic proposal, however, was passed in December last year. Following this, a sub-committee was set up to discuss the modalities of allowing schools to hold second shifts. The sub-committee approved the move and came out with a set of recommendations on Friday. The Delhi government's education department is expected to come out with a full set of rules in the coming months.
"We will have to wait for the rules to be notified. Once that happens we will discuss it with the school management board. There is no immediate proposal, however, to start a second shift," said LV Sehgal. Principal of Bal Bharati School, Pusa Road.
But many schools, however, are also thinking about the practicality of running a second shift in school.
"While the idea certainly looks good on paper, we need to keep a few things in mind. The first is that we have to be very careful about not diluting the standard of education. The second is the timings. If a school gets over at 2 pm, the next shift will start at around 3 pm. Will the child then study till 9 pm? What co-curricular activities will a child in the second shift be able to take part in? These are important questions that need to be answered before schools start a second shift," said Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School.