Schools Shut Down in Mumbai due to Heavy Rains

Heavy rains in Mumbai since morning has forced many of the schools to leave the classes early. Many of the schools are allowing their parents to take their children home as there is water logging in most of parts of the city.

Bandra’s Anjuman-i-Islam MIJ School was working, but saw low student turnout. “We continued school as usual but only 30 students attended,” said Saba Patel, principal.

Another school, Activity High School, Peddar Road, allowed the parents to take the students home. “We had classes, but as the intensity of rain increased and the BMC sounded the flood alert, we received panic calls from parents,” said Perin Bagli, principal.

Utpal Shanghvi School, Juhu announced a holiday for its primary section, which starts at 1 pm, on account of the rains.

The Association of school bus owners, which in around 200 schools in Mumbai, said that schools in western suburbs stayed shut due to water logging especially near the places of Juhu, Kandivali and Borivli.

“All of the schools are shut and many have cancelled their shifts of afternoon”, said Anil Garg, president of the association.

Education minister officials said they have asked the schools to allow parents to pick up their children early, if they want. “We have also not allowed the schools to send students home on their own. We have asked them to allow parents to take them home,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, of the region of Mumbai.

Many of the schools are requested not to send children unsupervised, Chavan added, “ In many cases, parents are working and so there might not be anyone to pick up the children. Such children should be kept in school only.”

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