Attendance remains thin on first day of school reopening for classes 1 and 2
Government schools across the city saw a thin turnout as they reopened for students of classes 1 and 2 for in-person classroom sessions on Monday nearly a year after schools across the country were closed amid Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020.
School principals said that the turnout was tepid since children in these grades were younger and not all parents were ready to send their children to school as yet. Ashok Kumar, head teacher of Government Model Sanskriti Primary School in Sector 4/7, said that 15 students out of 66 in class 1 turned up, whereas 43 students out of 162 were present in class 2.
“We expect the attendance to increase in the coming week. The first few days after reopening usually see thin attendance. Our focus will be on bridging the learning gap now. While some students would need extra attention, most other students are in touch with us through online classes,” said Kumar.
Schools across the country were closed in March last year amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Voluntary visits to schools in Haryana for doubt-clearing sessions were allowed from September onwards, followed by regular classes from November 2 for students in classes 9 to 12. Schools were reopened for students in classes 6 to 8 on February 1 and classes 3 to 5 on February 24.
Neelam, primary in-charge of the government primary school in Bhondsi, said that only one student each in classes 1 and 2 had visited the school on Monday. “The students are very young. Only two students came today, and they were not even masked. We couldn’t allow them to attend the classes and called their parents to take them back,” said Neelam, who goes by her first name.
At government primary school, Darbaripur, only three students out of 20 had visited the school in class 1 whereas ten students out of 28 enrolled attended classes in class 2.
Deputy district education officer Kalpna Singh said that since today was the first day, attendance was tepid. She said that she had directed teachers and children in senior grades to motivate students in younger classes to visit the school for classes. “The attendance will pick up with time gradually. We need to understand these children are young and they do not want constant reminders to attend school,” said Singh.
Most private schools are continuing with online classes for students in classes 1 and 2 and are likely to take a call on the resumption of in-person classroom sessions in the new academic year.