Reopening schools despite water situation is a good idea, say heads of local schools

With schools reopening on June 3, better management of the existing water resources seems to be the only way to pull along till the situation improves.

At Raja Muthiah Boys School, R. A. Puram, the principal S. Thirugnanam says, “For washing and use in the restrooms, we will be using water from our borewell. The water supplied by Metro Water will be used for drinking purposes. We have instructed the students to bring two bottles of water from home and we will continue to conduct talks and programmes on the need to save water”.

When asked if reopening the schools on Monday is a good idea, he says, “As a result of the elections we closed the school early in April and so I think this is the best time to reopen the school. Completion of the portions will become difficult if the schools are opened later”.

At Sir Sivaswami Kalalaya Higher Secondary School, Mandaveli, principal G. Pandian says, “We are a higher secondary school and we have 360 students, we consume about 5000 litres a day. We do get Metro Water but we were concerned that it might not be sufficient and so a few days ago, we installed a borewell”.

He continues, “Reopening the schools on June 3 is a good idea. The syllabus has been enhanced and we need time to cover the portions”.