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Holiday luck for private schools

It will be happy Thursday for more than 100,000 students of 50-odd private schools in Ranchi.

The district administration has directed the management of such cradles that run buses to ferry students to either declare a holiday or a half-day in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state capital.

“The PM is expected to touch down around 11.25am, which is why schools should either remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) or classes must get over an hour before noon. We don’t want school buses to get caught in traffic snarls that are expected owing to VIP movement,” deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey said.

Most private schools have decided suspend classes for juniors and call it a half-day for seniors. Some have granted a holiday for all students and are likely to make up for lost study hours on Saturday.

“Following a directive from the district administration, we have declared a holiday for students of lower kindergarten to Class II. For others, the school will be over by 11am instead of 2.15pm,” said M.K. Sinha, the principal of DAV Kapildev in Kadru.

His counterpart at Sarla Birla Public School in Tatisilwai, Ranjana Swaroop, confirmed a holiday on Thursday. “Our institution is closed tomorrow. To compensate for classes not held, Saturday will be a working day,” she said.

An official at DPS in SAIL Township said they had decided to offer the day off breather to only the junior section. “Students of prep to Class V won’t have to come to school while senior classes will be held till 11am instead of 2.15pm.”

Among cradles that have declared a holiday for all classes are Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Dhurwa and the Bishop Westcott school for boys and girls in Namkum. “While there will be no classes tomorrow (Thursday), Saturday will be a full day instead of half,” said an official at Bishop Westcott Boys’ School.

Students at all government-run schools in the capital will, however, remain deprived of this holiday windfall in the wake of Modi’s visit.

“We have no such information. Classes will be held as usual,” said Nirmala Singh, the in-charge of Rajkiyakrit Madhya Vidyalaya in Harmu.

Deputy commissioner Choubey reasoned that students of state schools lived in the same area as their campus and hence, they wouldn’t fall victim to traffic bottlenecks. “In case of government schools, children hail from within a kilometre of the institution and there is no conveyance involved. So, our directive is restricted to private schools,” he said.

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