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Tough day: Suffereing without transportation during a bandh
Tough day: Suffereing without transportation during a bandh

TEJASWINI PAGADALA

The spate of bandhs have drawn many reactions.

The recent spate of bandhs in the city have left a negative image on children as they seem to assume that these disturbances have become a part of their chaotic lives and they have no other option but to live with it. Children are not only disturbed academically but also mentally and psychologically.

Disturbing

"There is a total disturbance in the school calendar and the routines we usually follow. Examinations, cultural activities and sports events get delayed as a result of these bandhs. But, we (staff) did not want to bring up the issue anytime in front of the children so as to avoid any kind of bias on the issue," says Anita Gupta, Counsellor of a city school.

Though some children might not be aware of the cause of these bandhs, they feel that the holidays get boring. "I had the time to prepare for my examinations due to these bandhs. But, most of my friends missed school and wanted to get back to school to play and study. These bandhs kill the enthusiasm of going to school," says Kshitija Gupta of Std. IX. Students of Stds. X and XII appearing for their Board Examinations also have problems with these bandhs because their syllabus is left incomplete.

Many children feel that they have to be guided regularly by their teachers to fare well in academics. But due to these blockades and bandhs, they are not able to cope with their academics and it might affect their grades.

Also, students staying far away from the schoolcannot reach school because of these conveniences.

Some students feel that these bandhs will not bring quality education or better society while some feel that they do not have to worry about copying notes.

A negative impact on young minds is visible.


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