On August 8, Delhi Disaster Management Authority permitted schools to reopen from the following day for practicals, project work, admissions and counselling. But most institutions pleaded they needed time to plan and implement Covid prevention measures, so no classes were held last week. On Monday, some schools opened their doors, mainly for practical classes and project work. Attendance, however, wasn’t robust, with parents still undecided about sending their unvaccinated children to school.
Schools hope more students will show up in coming days
For most government schools, Monday was a holiday in lieu of Independence Day. The principals of some government institutions revealed that their students would be coming from Tuesday. In contrast, like some others, Tagore International School in Vasant Vihar said it had decided to recall its students only from the end of September.
At the government-run Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Shalimar Bagh, principal Sarita Batra said, “Our students will start attending school from Tuesday. We have summoned only the Class XII students because there are no practical classes at the moment for Class X kids.”
At Mount Abu, Rohini, youngsters from the three sections of Class XII and two sections of Class XI returned to classes for their practical work on Monday. They spent two hours in school from 12 noon to 2pm. Ridhima, who said it was easier to understand concepts because the teacher was at hand to clarify things, added, “However hard we try to create the right environment at home, it is just not the same as studying in school.”
Principal Jyoti Arora hoped more students would be willing to return in the coming days. “We have again sent the parents the consent form and asked them to consider sending the kids back to classes.”
Class XI student Piyush Goswami was happy to be back and meet some of his friends who had decided, like him, to come to school. “It may be for a short duration, but being in school gives me pleasure,” Goswami said. “At least, we are getting a chance to do practicals in the correct way.”
A Class XII student at another private institution told TOI, “My parents were initially worried and asked me not to think of going back to school. But I told them that in January too, many students had attended classes in batches. I think they understood how being a science student, the practical classes are important for me. The school has created a schedule that ensures only a few of us are in the lab at one time and also helps us maintain social distancing.”
Madhulika Sen, education adviser at Tagore International, Vasant Vihar, which has put off classes by a month, said, “We have told the students if they want counselling they can take an appointment and visit the school on Monday and Friday.”