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Double shift for schools?

If the Centre gives approval to the Draft Master Plan 2021, then even private schools in the Capital would be allowed to function in double shifts.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 01:57 IST

If the Centre gives approval to the Draft Master Plan (MPD) 2021, then even private schools in the Capital would be allowed to function in double shifts. Schools will also be allowed to run coaching centres from their premises after school hours and after seeking necessary clearances from the Delhi government's education department.

The five-member Board of Inquiry formed by DDA to consider the objections and suggestions to MPD 2021 on Tuesday decided to incorporate these provisions in the final draft before sending it to the Centre for approval.

"Allowing even private schools to have double shifts will help them accommodate more students. This will also open up more avenues for children," said a DDA official.

MCD councillor Virender Kasana, also a member of the Board of Inquiry, said, "Allowing schools to run coaching centres on school premises after school hours will be a big boon for city students, who at present have to go to far off places for coaching. But schools have to seek necessary clearances from the education department."

However, school principals expressed apprehension over the idea. Lata Vaidyanathan of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, said, "Nothing should be made compulsory. If there's a demand then running two shifts in schools is feasible. Coaching centres may help a few students but we have to look into all aspects of an institute."

Gauri Ishwaran of Sanskriti School said, "I'm apprehensive about double shifts as afternoon is not a great time for studies."

Principals are also apprehensive that running coaching centres would lead to commercialisation. Jyoti Bose of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, said, "If schools start a second shift then it should be for the poor. I am against commercialisation of the school premises."

This is not all. The board has also decided that nursery schools and coaching centres would be allowed to run from residential colonies after seeking the necessary clearances. Besides, the board has decided that primary schools set up by the government should come up on 400 sq-m land instead of the existing 2000 sq-m. "Also the plots for secondary schools should be on two acre land instead of the existing 1.5 acre for playgrounds," said an official.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 01:57 IST