Saturday, September 25, 2010

Parents want school closed for games; no decision yet

With parents and their wards demanding holidays during the Commonwealth Games, private schools in Faridabad are grappling with confusion.

"Our schools will remain open during the Games," S S Gausain, President, Haryana Progressive Schools' Conference (HPSC) said.

However, he said, schools will remain closed if the district administration orders holidays during the Games. The HPSC is a body of 80 schools in Faridabad.

"I was informed that a few schools have voluntarily decided to remain closed during the Games," Praveen Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Faridabad told Hindustan Times. The government schools in Faridabad will remain closed from October 1 to 10, he said.

Meanwhile, various parents' associations have urged the private schools to declare holidays during the Games to let their children enjoy the Games.

"Schools should not only declare holidays, but should also take their students to the Games venue," said N.L. Jangir, district President of Faridabad Abibavak Ekta Manch.

"It is the responsibility of the schools to allow their students to watch the Games," he said, adding that involvement in the Games is extremely important to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship in children.

"We have been informed that a few schools in Faridabad have decided to remain closed during the Games. Moreover, we don't want the children to suffer as traffic chaos is expected due to the lanes restrictions," Jangir said.

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