Staggered timings keep parents on their toes

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Children carrying heavy load of books on their way to school in Hyderabad on Monday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
BACK TO SCHOOL: Children carrying heavy load of books on their way to school in Hyderabad on Monday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Staff Reporter

New rules come into force as schools reopen after summer vacation

HYDERABAD: In their brand new and crisply ironed uniforms, polished shoes, new bags rustling on their shoulders, scores of children made their way to school, albeit reluctantly, after summer vacation in the twin cities on Monday morning.

Children were not only moving into new classes but were trying to come to terms with the new timings and a slew of other measures announced by the district administration and the traffic police to make ride safer for them. The new rules have wrought an entirely different perspective to parents, teachers and transporters.

Today being the first day, many schools stuck to old timings while some of them closed in a few hours.

Some announced new timings and a few others are said to have decided to wait and watch for a while.

While there is not much of opposition to early schools, parents are not too sure it will help in easing the traffic congestion. The obvious problems of having to cope with two children in different classes and even different schools with staggered timings too have been raised.

"We have to wake up at least an hour before than earlier to get our child ready for school. That is the only issue for me," said Jeet Singh, whose son is in third class in a school at Ameerpet.

For parents like Kumar with a son in kindergarten and daughter in middle school in institutions separated by over a kilometre at Secunderabad, it is a new hassle.

"My daughter's school now starts at 8.15 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. while my son's school continues to start at 9 a.m., which means I have to make separate trips," he points out.

Staggered timings are too simplistic a solution and just might not work, feel some.

Teachers all for it

"The fact is more children are being brought to schools in cars, two-wheelers and autos now while it was mostly buses and rickshaws earlier. On the first day itself there was much chaos at Abids," sighs Srikanth, another parent.

Says Radha, school teacher, "If schools start early, we can avoid traffic jams and children can reach home faster. Most teachers are for it though it means advancing the wake-up hour."



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