Although most educational institutions remained shut on Thursday, confusions prevailed at a few schools.
Many parents dropped their wards at the closed gates because an official holiday was not declared. Padmavathi, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Bangalore South, told
Express that all the schools remained closed upon the instructions from the department. Students of B M English School in Ulsoor were confused as they were not informed about the holiday.
“Since there was no information from the department well in advance, there was confusion among parents and they kept calling in the morning to check if the school would be open. Wednesday was a holiday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi, so there was no chance for students to be informed earlier,” said K S V Subramanyam, principal, B M English School.
On the other hand, college students were informed about the situation well in advance. “We exempted students from coming to college because many commute by BMTC buses. On Wednesday evening, they were informed that the college would be closed,” said K Karibasappa, vice principal, Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering.
The Bangalore University too remained closed. “There was no question of conducting classes or examinations because the whole city was shutdown and there were no transport facilities,” said B C Mylarappa, Registrar, Bangalore University.