Hyderabad: It has been a week since most of the schools in the city have reopened but few have seen complete attendance. Teachers blame the recently concluded elections and now, the inclement weather for the empty classrooms.
For Sadaf, her seventh standard classroom has lost its charm in less than a week, thanks to the cracked walls and water seeping through the roof. “The overflowing roads and damp classrooms are not something we look forward to everyday. When there is a power cut, you can hardly see well enough to take down notes,” says the student of the Government High School near Khairatabad.
Two days of incessant rainfall seems to have taken a toll on the teachers as much as students. “There is just one toilet for use by students and the rains have made it a muddy mess with students running home on the pretext of relieving themselves. The water tanker hasn’t been on time either,” explains one of the teachers at the Government Primary School in East Marredpally on condition of anonymity. The school lacks regular supply of water and has to rely on water tankers to meet its requirements.
It has been a week since most of the schools in the city have reopened but few have seen complete attendance.
However, it is not just government schools which are braving the weather. Most of the schools in the city are still short of 15 to 20 per cent attendance as students trickle back into the routine. “We do not have a problem of inundation but drains overflow and many children fall sick during monsoons. However, it is not possible to relax the time-table or give a holiday citing the weather as the session has just started and students and teachers are just beginning to get back to the routine,” says Sangeetha Varma, principal of Richmond High School at Kamlapuri.
The showers have brought with it exasperation to teachers and parents and some relief to the students who can always look forward to a holiday on a rainy day, well almost.