Published: 29th May 2019
Government alerted as Hyderabad schools try to flout order and trim summer vacation
Some schools have issued circulars or sent text messages to parents informing them that schools would be in operation from June 1 but only Classes I to X
Despite government issuing instructions to extend the summer vacation and reopen schools on June 12 instead of June 1, several schools have issued circulars to parents stating that school will reopen on June 1 for Classes IX and X. The issue was brought to notice of TRS working president KT Rama Rao after a student tweeted to him about it.
Responding to the tweet, KTR told the education minister to issue clear instructions to schools to ensure that schools abide by the directions of the government. "I will request Hon'ble education minister and his team to issue clear instructions to all schools," he tweeted in response to the student's plea for help.
Some schools have issued circulars or sent text messages to parents informing them that schools would be in operation from June 1 but only Classes I to X. "My daughter's school had sent us a text message that classes would be held for 9 and 10 class students from June 1 itself while for other it would commence from June 12. But after they faced backlash from parents, they went back on the decision. It's inhuman to even consider holding classes in this heat and illegal to flout the government orders," said P Anitha, a parent.
Child Rights activist who had earlier given representation to the Education Secretary, B Janardhan Reddy, urging the government to extend the vacation said, "Several corporate and private schools are flouting the rules. Everyone has been asked to stay indoors from 10am-5pm, so how can they expect students even if they are in higher classes to attend school?"
Some corporate schools, he alleged started from May 25 itself. Nagati Narayana, president, Telangana Parents Association (TPA) has urged the government to take action against the erring school management. "The order has been issued in view of the ongoing heatwave across that state. If any school flouts the order, parents should complain to their respective District Education Office," he said. Telangana State Recognised Management Association while lauding the move has urged the government to revise the academic calendar from April 26 to June 21 instead of the current April 7 to June 1, so that schools are closed for summer vacation during the hotter days and reopen when the monsoon sets in.