Students studying in the school located in the outskirts suffer the most as they have to head in the dark to reach on time. Parents say that when visibility is poor, the chances of any mishap while commuting to the school become stronger.
Mridul Kabra is a resident of Jagatpura. Her son studies in a school close to Bhankrota toll plaza. The change in the school timing has not affected the time she has to drop her son at pick up point at 6.30 am so that he reaches school by 7:30 am.
“Nowadays, 6:30 am is complete dark and from the past two days, the thick layer of fog has reduced the visibility by 7-8 metres. I stay worried until my son reaches the school,” said Kabra.
Many schools have already changed the timings starting from between 7-8 am to 8-9 am but parents feel that has not served the purpose due to long distances. “I have shot a letter asking the school to extend the opening time by another one hour between 9 am and10 am. I argued that this may not be the trend earlier but it is necessary now because students travel for an hour and so,” said another parent who lives in the wall city.
School argues that closing down schools or change in school timings cost dearly to them. Lata Rawat, director of Cambridge World School says, “School administration is also equally concerned for its students. Everyday our teachers evaluate weather conditions and when we realise the conditions are unbearable, we act accordingly.”
A section of schools has not changed the timings despite demanded by the parents. The education department has refused to intervene until the weather conditions become unberable.
Siddharth Mahajan, district collector of Jaipur, says, “We are evaluating the situation and the dip in temperature in the morning hours is likely to continue for couple of days. Till then, I will not issue any advisory,” said Mahajan.
He said that schools have a very tight time table and holidays would add additional pressure on students.
Source : timesofindia