Mangaluru: Students, teachers and parents unhappy with Sunday classes


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru 

Mangaluru, Aug 20: The parents and students have not welcomed the policy of holding classes on Sunday to compensate for the holidays given during the heavy rains. Many teachers are unhappy too with this decision. 

The department of public instruction in Dakshina Kannada has instructed schools to conduct additional classes either on Saturday afternoons or Sundays to compensate for the loss of lessons caused due to serial holidays on account of heavy rains, prediction about heavy rains, and floods for the safety of the students. 

The department of public instruction in Udupi also has sent the same circular. 

District deputy directors of public instruction have said that if classes to be held on Saturdays, they will be held on ten successive Saturdays. But the circular does not put the successive condition if the classes are held on Sundays. But it is clear that five Sundays will have to be reserved for this purpose. 

Many say that holding classes on Saturdays is fine. But classes should not be held on Sundays at all. 

“Holding extra classes on Saturday is fine. But on successive weeks is a bad idea,” said Santosh D’Souza from Urwa, father of a tenth standard student. 

“If classes are held on Sundays, that means a student has to go to school all the 7 days of the week. When will the student and teachers get rest then?” asked Sarojini Poojary from Pandeshwar, who also is a parent. 

Many of the parents who did not want to reveal their names also said the same. Only a few said holding classes on any day is fine as the students have lost classes on 5 days due to rains. 

Majority of the students we spoke to, opined that they did not like the idea of going to school on Sunday for any reasons. 

Several teachers associations also said the idea of holding classes on Sunday will inconvenience the students, parents, teachers and also non-teaching staff of schools. 

Aloysius D'Souza of Mangaluru High School Headmasters Association noted that having to attend classes all days of the week may give rise to psychological pressure in the students, duly reminding that shortage of classes was made good by holding classes on Saturdays last year. As most of the family functions are held on Sundays, the students would not be able to attend them. The students will also be deprived of physical activities including sports trainings if they are engaged in classes on Sundays. 

MLA, D Vedavyas Kamath, said that there is opposition to holding classes on Sundays from students, teachers and parents whereas the department of education is under pressure to complete the teaching in time. He said he would try to arrive at an unanimous decision after discussing the matter with concerned people and officials.

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  • Archana, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 22 2019

    No school on sundays please. Children need to rest and every one needs a day off to reduce stress from a hectic week. It is not about being lazy or some thinking education is important. Yes education is important but everyone needs a day off at the end of the week. Let Saturday be a full day.

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  • Aneeta, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 21 2019

    How many of you stop your children going from coaching /tution
    classes on Sunday's? I know so many children go for tution/coaching classes morning again in the evening's. That time where Sunday is considerded as resting day. Please parents teach your children some patience, time discipline in life. Mass they can go early morning or evening.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    I too feel that students, teachers, and parents are not happy with the decision by the by the public instruction to have Sunday classes. It is not only these people who need one day's rest which is Sunday in most part of the world. Even in New York and other parts of US where there are snowfalls and schools are closed for the safety of the students a nd all concerned. But the big if, these schools are kept open on Saturdays which is their regular holidays to make up for the lost hours. The best thing is extent the Saturdays to full day to compensate for the lost hours. Without a good education, you cannot gain anything in life.

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  • SUNDAR KARITHOTA, HALEANGADI

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    What a nonsense decision? How the children or teachers continue in the classes with out weekly rest? Saturday may be considered for full day class but never on sunday. Our officials are not bothered on the quality of the education in colleges. Lecturers are not teaching properly to attract students for their coaching classes run by them. There is no special investigation squad to curb such menace.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Sunday classes might have conducted to cover up the portion which is paralysed because of many leaves to school on floods.

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  • Shah, MANGALURU

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Only teachers are unhappy. Don"t blame students and parents.

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  • Meera, Bangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Sunday class is absolutely a wrong decision. It's only a day to spend sometime of leisure with children in family. Compensate the classes on Saturday half day only.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Meera, Bangalore, I fully agree with your sensible comment which most people should agree.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    This orders of the District Commissioner is similar to 'Good Governance Day' by the PM Modi's government earlier order of 2014 celebrating December 25 rechristened Good Governance Day since it is also the birthday of Atal Behari Vajpayee.

    If the government wants to cover losses due to the rains then school hours wasted on sports other activities should be utilized until the chapter covered. Cut down the break time, school prayer time, School assembly and add half-hour will be sufficient to cover up.

    In India Sunday considered the family day. This is the only time family meet each other. Moreover, for Christians, it is the religious day.
    I request the District authority reconsider and revoke this decision in the interest of the families.

    Jai Hind

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    They cannot add up the number of days the school has lost. Let me give a simple solution, 15 days lost from 8.00 am to 4 pm. i.e., 8 hours days x 15 days = 120 hours. Have every day 1 1/2 hour extra = 80 days = 3 1/2 months - Sept., to Nov. lost classes covered. Also remove 2nd and 4th saturday for CBSE schools.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Time is precious.Children have to go to sunday mass followed by catechism class.How we can leave our children without them on sunday.It is not possible.On human grounds they should cancel this order.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    tell me how many students from Mangalore go to sunday mass??????

    for few students why u r hell bent to spoil majority kids future in risk???

    Education is must to kids for their better future, if you are not able to send them to school dnt send, but dnt order authority what to do please.

    Prayer can be done at home in evening also, more over god never say make me happy by skipping school....

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    For a few weeks sunday catechism/mass for children can be shifted for the purpose of catching up on school curriculum, for children of all religions... No harm done to any catholic students..Jesus will understand...

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  • Deepak, mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Mr. Krishna Udupi I don't know why you want to show that you are adjucated? And you are comparing school studies with religious, is this comment from one adjucated person?

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    first of all its EDUCATED npot adjucated

    second "Children have to go to sunday mass followed by catechism class" is sports if not religious?????

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Sunday is one full day children get to be with family... Sunday should be holiday no classes...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    @ d.c., & education dept., sunday is a weekly rest day keep it closed in a week. children cannot b taught like ramming their throats.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    no one forcing u to send them school, for me education is must to my kids, for that am ready to sacrifies 1 day rest, because only educated people can understand value of education.

    well its clear that some parents could not wake up early on sunday due to saturday night hang over, they can take rest in home.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    enforcing sunday & saturday 4 education is not worth. if u like 2 send your children 2 school on da weekly rest day, u can go and teach your children on da waranda. schools will b closed on sundays.there r some parents dey wanted 24X7 work load 2 their children.

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  • Antony, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    When chaos and ruckus is created in parliament and the Government is not functioning in what manner is the business conducted so that lost working hours are recovered by the members of RS and LS. They should set an example. Then impose sanctions on the common man.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    We are passing such a time that no parents, students, and Teachers are against sunday class but if there is any special class regarding WhatsApp, or how to chat on mobile new methods, all are ready to come on sundays as well as sit late also.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Yes! Knowladge of technology is important in future. Only books ABCD will not feed you, world is almost progressing on technological ability. Future peoples must know otherwise they will be like uneducated after few years.

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Since some hypocrites are targeting SUNDAY it could happens but the same SUNDAY is worldwide HOLIDAY except in those ISLAMIC hypocrite countries. If you go thru the RELIGIOUS beliefs you have to give thru out the weekends no WORLD will work ! the business is conflicts one another !

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  • Citizen, Canada

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Suggest to prolong the classes for 2 hrs on normal days and on
    Saturdays. Sunday 1 day must be given holiday to relax from stress

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  • Deepak, mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Yes why need Sunday classes to cover up and put burden children? Instead you reduce 2 or 3 lessons for coming exams.

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