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Schools reopen, most students stay home

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Tribune Reporters

Jalandhar, October 19

While schools in the state today reopened after a gap of nearly seven months following the Covid-19 outbreak, the attendance in most of the schools here remained dismally low.

Of 400 pupils, only one turns up

  • Of 400 students at Govt Senior Secondary Smart School, Maqsudan, only one attended the class
  • At Government High School for Girls, only 12 students out of 146 attended the class
  • In Patiala, though most schools registered low count on the first day, a few schools organised a small ceremony to welcome students

Teachers, who had made all arrangements as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Education Department, were surprised to see only a limited number of students. Out of 400 students at Government Senior Secondary Smart School (GSSSS), Maqsudan, only one student today attended class.

Deepak Thakur, a Class X student, who was the lone student in his class at GSSSS, Maqsudan, said all his excitement got over when he was told that all his classmates were absent and he was the only student present in the school.

The principal of the school, Arvinder Kaur, said though she was expecting a good response from the students today, nobody came. "One of the reasons behind the low attendance was speculated that the parents of most of the students were not willing to send their wards to the school and didn't sign the consent forms," she added.

Baljit Kaur, principal, Government High School For Girls, Gandhi Camp, said only 12 out of 146 students turned up today. Apart from the unwillingness of the parents, migrants who have moved to their native states during the lockdown and are still there was considered another major reason behind low attendance. Out of 1,200 students from Classes IX to XII, only 30 turned at Nehru Garden Girls School and 15 out of 78 at Government Secondary School, Lidhran.

Patiala: Though most schools registered low count on the first day, some schools went ahead to organise a small ceremony to welcome the students.

School officials said they registered low count of students as they were supposed to get consent letters from parents. Some were misinformed that the schools were opening on a later date. "We have strength of 650 students in Classes IX-XII of which a little over 200 students reached the school on the first day," said Principal Tota Singh of Government Co-ed Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Passi Road.

Government Girls' Multipurpose Senior Secondary Smart School, Model Town, welcomed students with garlands. Balbir Singh Jaura, principal of the school, said, "About 100 students out of 900 reached the school today. We organised a small ceremony and welcomed the students."

About 10 per cent students of Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Kalyan, reached the school. Sukhwinder Kumar Khosla, Deputy District Education Officer, said, "There are around 109 senior secondary and 94 government high schools in the district. All were opened, but most witnessed low count of students as it was the first day."

Abohar: Gurdeep Kumar, principal of a school, said at present the lockout was almost over and many activities were going on as usual. Just as precautions were being taken for other activities, care would be taken in schools as well.

Students from various villages said they had been eagerly waiting for the schools to reopen.



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