Pune: Rumours of Pune Bandh and tension in some parts of the city caused chaos in many schools in the suburbs of the city. Many schools in Kondhwa, Hadapsar, Aundh, Kothrud and Sinhagad Road declared it a holiday to avoid untoward incidents. The situation, however, wasn’t as bad in the entire city. Schools were open in areas such as Shivajinagar, JM Road, Viman Nagar, Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar and Aundh.
Most of the schools in the city’s central areas were open. Crowds of parents could be spotted outside the schools as they rushed to pick up their children from the schools due to absence of school buses.
On Sunday night, administrations of several schools sent messages to parents informing them that school transport was expected to be affected due to the scheduled rally and parents may take a call on sending the child to school.
Madhavi CV, Principal, DAV Public School Aundh said that while the morning batch students came to the
school safely, as a precaution, the afternoon batch students were given a holiday by the school on Monday owing to the growing vandalising incidents in the city.
Sampat Pacharane, President, Pune District Students Transport Association said, “Many operators told parents they wouldn’t be picking up children as a precautionary measure. Also, many schools in Undri, Kondhwa, Hadapsar told us that the schools were to be kept shut.”
“Dear parents, in view of tomorrow’s rally and ensuing traffic diversions during the day in certain parts of the city, you may accordingly decide to send your wards to school. The child’s absence will be duly considered. The school buses will be plying on routes, where there was normalcy,” a message sent by administration of the Bishop’s School read.
Shloka Rathod, whose son studies in the Bishop’s School, said on Sunday evening, parents received the message that there was uncertainty over the call for agitation and that if students fail to attend school on Monday, their absence will not be considered.
“The message said several schools in Kothrud, Bavdhan and Pashan had declared a holiday to avoid risking the students’ safety. They said the school transporters have clearly conveyed to them that they will only pick kids in the morning but will not be able to drop them back home in the afternoon. Considering all this, I decided not to send by son to school,” said the parent who is a professor.
Rajan Junawane, Vice President of Pune School Bus Owners’ Association, said the association had not issued any directives for their members. “Many schools sent their students home early as the news of tension in parts of the city spread. So, our operators had to bring the students home early. Some school bus operators didn’t go to parts like Kondhwa to pick up students where the situation was bad since morning. We were not officially shut, but chose to operate carefully,” said Junawane.