As per initial reports on Tuesday received by the district education office, as many as 38,000 students in higher and senior secondary schools watched live feed of India’s Mars Mission in their schools. On Tuesday, HRD ministry had ordered the schools having EDUSAT and RoT system to telecast the programme live from 6.45 am to 8.45 am.
However, hiccups such as non-functional sets, exams etc played the spoilsport. Jasvir Singh, district coordinator, EDUSAT, said, “We got reports of some 38,000 students who watched the programme live on Wednesday. There are 49 schools in which old RoTs are installed which are problematic in functioning. There was no problem in 280 schools with new RoTs and 41 schools with EDUSAT systems.”
However, sources from some government schools said that EDUSAT sets in their schools were not working so students were asked to watch the programme at home on Doordarshan. “Since timings were too early, majority of students came without breakfast and tiffins,” said a government teacher. Also the entire programme being in English became a barrier for government school students.
The situation was different in high-end government schools such as PAU Government School. Sanjeev Thapar, principal said, “Students enjoyed the programme as we installed a TV set, EDUSAT and RoT, all three to accommodate all students.”