As per the orders issued by the UT Education Department on September 10, all the schools — government, government-aided and private — will remain closed on September 11 due to the PM’s visit. The orders also say that the examinations scheduled by the schools to be held on this day will be rescheduled by the head of the school concerned at his/her level.
However, there are no such orders for the schools in Mohali and Panchkula.
Director Public Instructions (Schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “The decision has been taken only after the orders of Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev so that the school students do not have to face any kind of inconvenience while coming or going to school, since some routes will be blocked and there will be traffic issues.”
Since the first summative assessment (SA) exams are going on in all the schools, these will have to be rescheduled.
Kavita Das, principal of St John’s School, Sector 26, said, “It will be inconvenient for the students since the exams will have to be extended a little longer. The problem will be for the parents who must have scheduled or already planned something after their children’s examination. Otherwise, it is a wise decision since PM’s visit is a big event for the city and there will be a lot of traffic issues everywhere on the roads.”
However, some of the parents said that the PM’s visit was not planned on Thursday that the administration issued the orders a day before his scheduled visit. “My daughter’s exams were technically ending on September 20 but now because of one exam which will be rescheduled, the remaining papers will have to be adjusted accordingly,” said Gunja, a parent of a class VIII student.
“PM is not visiting the city for the first time but shutting the schools on his visit is something happening for the first time,” said another parent.
However, one of the students of class IX at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, who was preparing for her social studies exam was thrilled to know about the holiday being declared on September 11. Some schools sent broadcast messages to the parents about the holiday alert while others were unaware of the orders till the evening.
A city resident said, “It’s unfortunate that children are put to such inconvenience because of VVIP movement in the city. It does not show the administration’s concern for the school students but it is an instance of gross maladministration. There should have been alternative ways to sort out this issue.”
In a statement issued, senior spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee Ajay Maken said that the insensitivity and the lack of consideration by the Prime Minister in being instrumental in all schools shutting tomorrow in Chandigarh showed the value accorded by the Prime Minister and his HRD minister to education.