Colleges, schools afraid of not completing syllabus.

Hyderabad : The managements of private schools, colleges and professional institutions in the Tregion are divided over reopening the educational institutions from October 10, following the Dasara vacation. Most of them have been closed since September 18 in support of the ongoing agitation for Telangana.

Meanwhile, all private schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE boards, have decided to reopen from October 10 as scheduled. Even the managements of professional colleges such as the engineering, medicine and MBA are in favour of reopening the colleges from October 10.

We can’t afford to keep schools closed anymore. We have to complete syllabus on time. We have lost many working days.

D. Usha Reddy Sahodaya Schools We have to conduct classes for the final year engineering students as campus recruitment drives will be conducted for these students, said Dr P. Rajeshwar Reddy, general secretary, Consortium of Engineering Colleges Managements Association. We cannot afford to keep the schools closed anymore.

We have to complete the syllabus on time. We have lost a significant number of working days. It would be tough for our students to perform well in the Board exams if any more working days are lost, said Ms D. Usha Reddy, chairperson, Hyderabad Sahodaya Schools Complex, an association of CBSE schools in the city.

The managements in other parts of Telangana have decided to adopt a wait and watch policy till October 9, before making a final decision in anticipation that the Telangana Joint Action Committee may soften its stand on the indefinite strike, at least so far as the educational institutions are concerned. However, the lack of transportation due to the indefinite strike called by the APSRTC employees has become a cause of concern for the managements of these educational institutions.

Nearly 70 per cent of the students rely on public transportation while only 30 per cent depend on the transport provided by their respective institutions.

The managements of the institutions are also under immense pressure from parents, particularly parents of school children, who are demanding the reopening of schools from October 10.

They are annoyed at the managements for declaring holidays from September 18, making it the longest Dasara vacation in the history of the state.

Source : Deccan Chronicle

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