Covid-hit, schools across states limp back to normalcy | India News


NEW DELHI: After wearing a desolate look, schools in several states bustled with activity after several months on Wednesday as classes resumed with Covid protocols in place. In UP, out of the 39 lakh children enrolled in classes 1-5 in state-run primary schools, 21 lakh school children turned up on Wednesday. The figure is generated on the basis of midday meals served to children.
The attendance was lower in government schools in Hyderabad with 20% of students attending classes on the first day of reopening after a hiatus of almost five months. Most government and budget schools, barring residential, social welfare and tribal welfare schools with hostel facilities, reopened for physical classes. Private and corporate schools continued with online classes. The attendance in government schools was attributed to midday meals, cramped homes of children and limited or no contact with friends.
Not just schools, coaching centres too are limping back to normalcy. The busy coaching hub of Kota in Rajasthan successfully drew a 50% strength on Wednesday.
The situation has posed a challenge for teachers as they now have to complete the course in three months instead of 10 months.
Though permission to start physical classes for students of grades 9-12 was granted last week in Karnataka, most private schools are yet to throw open their doors to students.
Commissioner of public instruction V Anbukumar said the data is not real time since many schools were yet to post updates in the central system. “While attendance in government schools is high, parents in many private institutes are reluctant to send their children to schools,” he said.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday gave a go-ahead for the reopening of schools for Class XII and final year students of graduation and post-graduation from September 6.
(With inputs from Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kota and Guwahati)


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