Kolkata, June 19: Cracking down on absenteeism, a top city school on Monday suspended 250 senior students for a day for bunking school repeatedly on Saturdays.
The authorities at Ashok Hall Girls decided it was time to act when they started receiving complaints that girls in uniform were being seen hanging out at malls, multiplexes and coffee shops during school hours, particularly on Saturdays. The attendance register revealed many senior students were skipping school on Saturdays. On one particular Saturday, nearly 75% of the girls were absent from some of the senior classes.
When school re-opened on Monday after summer vacation, the principal called up the parents of 250 students from classes IX to XII who had remained absent on several Saturdays and asked them to take their children home.
The parents rushed to school and were shocked to learn that their daughters had been habitually bunking on Saturdays.