Schools told to make arrangements to view eclipse

Staff Correspondent

However, they have not been given equipment such as sun-view goggles

MYSORE: All schools in Mysore will be open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the day of the century’s longest solar eclipse, for “Suryotsava”.

The office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Mysore, has issued a circular to all schools to observe “Suryotsava” to dispel myths about eclipses.

DDPI (in-charge) Narasimhaiah told The Hindu that schools had been directed to make special arrangements for students to watch the solar eclipse on television or the Internet. Debates on the solar system, essay competition and quizzes will be conducted after the eclipse. The students have been told to write about the eclipse and the programmes they participate in.

Though schools have been asked to observe the fest, they have not been given equipment such as sun-view goggles to watch the eclipse. “Government schools are not providing sun filters or goggles to watch the eclipse, but are only making arrangements for watching it on television and the Internet. Private schools may be in a position to provide sun-view goggles,” the DDPI said.

However, heads and teachers of all schools have been strictly told to take precautions while allowing children to view the eclipse.

On Tuesday, the Socialist Unity Centre of India volunteers distributed sun-view goggles to children at Rs. 15 a pair.

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