Abohar, December 17
Dense fog during the morning hours engulfed Abohar and surrounding areas of Fazilka district for the second day today.
Quickly taking note of a performance made by some social activists yesterday, the Ministry of Education announced the change in the time of the exams for the first trimester of the middle wing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. However, no changes to school hours have been made.
As the impact of the fog intensified further on Friday, visibility reduced to 20 feet on the city’s ring road.
The statement sent yesterday to the chief minister and senior officials in the education department pointed out that dozens of teachers and students had lost their lives in recent years in accidents before the Christmas holidays due to ‘thick fog in Fazilka and other border districts of the state. But every year, the administration only wakes up after these unfortunate misadventures are highlighted in the media. In some incidents, the state government had to grant compensation and jobs to the parents of the deceased, but class schedules were not revised until after the loss of precious lives.
It is well known that hundreds of government teachers have to hire vehicles to reach their remote duty stations, some of them, including women, said they could not be transferred to the ‘closest possible place for a long time.