Schools and colleges in Bengaluru reopen, up to 70%
back on campus

Schools and colleges in Bengaluru reopen, up to 70%<br>back on campus

Ordered closed after the third Covid-19 wave hit in late December, schools — classes from 1-9 — in the capital reopened on Monday to an encouraging response from students. Managements of both government and private schools said around 60-70% stu dents attended on the first day, a far better opening day response than when schools reopened after the previous two waves.

“It is clear that parents want to send their children to school,” said D
Shashi Kumar, secretary, Association of Managements of Primary and
Secondary Schools. “The num bers were better than the reopening day of
the last two waves. Attendance in the kin dergarten section was
comparatively low, but that of other grades was around 70%, which is very
encouraging. ”

A senior education department official from Bengaluru South, said, “In government schools in South Bengaluru, attendance was 60-65%. Midday meals and ksheerabhagya were relaunched. Students were eager to at tend. Some students did not come because they were unwell, and some others were a little reluctant. Our teachers will contact them to instil confidence. ”

However, Vishal R, commissioner, department of public instruction, said attendance was not as high as when schools closed.

“But we are taking it a little easy. We hope to get back to normal levels by Wednesday,” he said.

A teacher from Government High School, Kalkere in East Bengaluru said since schools were closed only for three weeks this time, the learning gap is not much.