The strike called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) undertakings affected classes in a few schools and colleges though most functioned as usual. Some institutions cancelled tests scheduled on Thursday while generally there was a marginal dip in attendance.
Institutions such as R.V. College of Engineering and the Sophia High School declared a holiday. Neha Ravindra, a final student from the University Law College, said that after two classes, her college declared a holiday as close to 40 per cent of the students did not turn up.
Most private schools said that students who used public transport had made alternative arrangements and so the strike did not make much difference.
“We had our examinations and hence attendance was full. Only a few students use public transport and today their parents dropped them,” said Indira Williams, principal, Baldwin Girls’ High School, Richmond Road.
Ryan International School, Kundanahalli, runs its own fleet of school buses.
“Only our bus drivers use public transport. We had made arrangements for them and we had good attendance today,” said principal Prashant Fernandes. Bangalore Public School, Indiranagar, too reported good attendance. “Our children travel by private transport or their parents drop them to school,” said vice-principal Vasumathi.
Government institutions will open on Friday, said Secretary, Primary and Secondary Education Kumar G. Naik.