Dhanbad’s decision to keep schools closed for three days from Sunday because of plummeting temperatures was welcomed by parents, but several principals kept their institutions open on Monday as the district administration’s order reached them late.
“We received the written order from the district administration late on Monday but even if we had received the information on Sunday we could not have taken the abrupt decision to close the school. How could we have informed our students?” said Phul Singh, principal of Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Dhansar, a CBSE affiliated school with over 4,000 on roll.
Radha Banerjee (13), a class VIII student of De Nobili CMRI, said they reached school at 8am as usual. But later, after the school got to know of the district administration’s directive, the principal decided to suspend classes after 9.12am.
Letters announcing the 3-day closure was issued by district education officer Dhamadeo Rai on the directive of deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar to all government and private schools after 8pm on Sunday.
There are over 2,500 government schools, besides 60 CBSE and CICSE affiliated schools, in the Dhanbad region.