In violation of norms, many private schools in the summer capital are violating official school timings—subjecting students to inconvenience.
The DSEK has notified the official timings in schools within municipal limits of Srinagar from 9 am to 3 pm. While outside the city municipal limits, the schools have been directed to function from 10 am to 4 pm. However, in brazen violation of norms, some private schools in the City open the schools early morning—subjecting students of lower class to inconvenience.
DSEK had last month warned of strict action against the educational institutions— if they are found violating school timings notified by it.
The parents have also expressed strong resentment over failure of the DSEK to implement the school timings.
“It is torturous for our kids to wake up early to reach their school at Raj Bagh before 8 am. We wonder why government is watching as mute spectator to this serious problem,” a rued group of parents.
Health experts link early school timings with degrading health and mental ability of the child. “As some schools force parents of students of Nursery, LKG and UKG to ensure their presence in the educational institutions at 7 am or 8 am, it has adverse effects on health of children,” they said.
“This puts the kids under immense mental pressure.” “Some kids also resent the early awaking. Subsequently going to schools becomes haunting process for them. The kids of age group between two-five years need good sleep and less pressure. However, the wrong school timings by some private schools ruin the child and also harms their health,” they added.
“Besides, most of the schools have kept the same timings for lower primary students and higher classes. The concentration span of lower primary students is less and thus they should not be kept at schools for more than four hours,” they said.