Pune: The Maharashtra Bandh call by Maratha Kranti Morcha had no effect on the city schools which functioned as usual.
The school buses also functioned as usual, on Tuesday, as the students went to the schools as they regularly do.
“As far as I know, almost all our school transport vehicles were functional as the call for the Bandh was given quite late on Monday night. By the time we got to know about it, it was too late to relay the message further, so we didn't tell any of our operators to not take the vehicles out. And everything went by smoothly in the city,” Rajan Junawane, vice-president, Private school bus association said.
Many schools in the city are also presently conducting the first unit tests of the year, and hence, no holiday was declared at any school on Tuesday.
Satish Gavali, Principal, Modern High School, Shivajinagar said that the attendance at the school was very normal, and was not at all affected by the Bandh.
He said, “I would say that at the school and junior college, there was at least 95 to 97 per cent of attendance on Tuesday, which is very normal. Also, all our school buses picked up and dropped the students. So we did not face any issues because of the protest.”
Veena Havanurkar, Principal of Symbiosis School also said that the students were present in the school as always, and they did not see any drop in attendance due to the Bandh call.
A parent on the condition of anonymity said, “My son studies at Abhinav High School and the school did not send their school buses to pick up children today as a precaution. We had to manage our own transport, due to which the attendance in the school seemed to be lower than usual.”