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In riot-hit Northeast Delhi, special parent-teacher meetings helps soothe frayed nerves

Parents of children studying in Delhi government schools were called for special parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) so “schools and parents come together to support each other to come out of this painful situation”.

Written by Sukrita Baruah | New Delhi |
Updated: March 5, 2020 10:34:05 am
delhi violence, delhi violence parent teacher meeting, delhi violence schools, delhi violence school exams, schools in northeast delhi, delhi city news Parents and students attend a PTM in GBSS school in Gokalpuri Wednesday; (below) Sisodia clicks a selfie with students at the school. (Photo: Praveen Khanna)

One-and-a-half weeks after their lives were rocked by violence, parents streamed in and out of government schools in Northeast Delhi on Wednesday to be assured that normalcy will soon be restored in their children’s academic lives.

Parents of children studying in Delhi government schools were called for special parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) so “schools and parents come together to support each other to come out of this painful situation”.

Among these was Roshan, who was at her daughter Ifra’s (16) school in Khajuri Khas. On Wednesday, Ifra had also appeared in her Class X science CBSE board examination — her first after the violence broke out. At the meeting, Ifra’s teacher asked her how her examination was, and informed her the board would soon notify the dates for the two examinations which had been postponed for her in the last week.

delhi violence, delhi violence parent teacher meeting, delhi violence schools, delhi violence school exams, schools in northeast delhi, delhi city news Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia interact with students during a Parent-Teacher Meeting (PTM) at GBSS School, in Gokulpur village area of Northeast Delhi on Wednesday. Express Photo by Praveen Khanna

“Ma’am told us even she didn’t know what the dates will be, but assured us the exams will happen again and we will know soon. That was a huge relief. Apart from all the bad things we’ve seen in the past week, we were also worried all the effort the children had made in their studies last year would be lost,” said Roshan. Ifra assured her mother that her science exam went well.

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Twelve-year-old Bushra also returned to her school on Wednesday with her mother Shama. The last time she was in her school, she was writing her Urdu exam while violence broke out nearby, again in Khajuri Khas. “The journey back home was very scary,” said both mother and daughter.

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“The teacher said the Urdu exam will also be held again because it’s possible some students might have gotten distressed while writing it,” said Shama.

delhi violence, delhi violence parent teacher meeting, delhi violence schools, delhi violence school exams, schools in northeast delhi, delhi city news Parent-Teacher Meeting (PTM) at GBSS School. Express Photo by Praveen Khanna

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also attended the meeting at a school in Gokalpuri village. Right next to the school lay the remains of the Gokalpuri tyre market, which had been set ablaze on the night of February 24. Gungun, a student of Class VII at the school, said Sisodia told her to “give her exams well”.

“The gist is we have to get our lives back on track, and for that it is very essential we do away with hatred within us and start spreading love once again. It is time to move from the nightmares of rampant violence on the streets to focussing on our dreams now. The need of this PTM is to help us revive the dreams of our children along with their parents, towards building a strong career for themselves,” said Sisodia.

delhi violence, delhi violence parent teacher meeting, delhi violence schools, delhi violence school exams, schools in northeast delhi, delhi city news Express Photo by Praveen Khanna

Fiza, a Class IX student, and her mother Shahana said her teacher also told them to take precautionary measures with regard to the coronavirus. Shahana said the conversation around the meeting made her feel a little better about the situation.

“The teacher told us the exams will resume from March 11. Everything came to a stop after last Monday, so it’s a relief that at least this is setting into motion and we can expect support,” she said.

Officials said 42% parents of students attended PTMs. Another set of PTMs will be held Thursday for parents of students of evening shift schools.

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