Karnataka schools, PU colleges see up to 40% attendance on Day 1 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Schools across Karnataka reopened on Friday after a gap of nearly 10 months, with children dancing their way into campuses decked up for the occasion.
Of 2.4 lakh final-year students in 5,492 PU colleges, 78,794 — or 33% — were on campus. In 16,850 high schools affiliated to the state board, 3.8 lakh —or 41% — of the 9.3 lakh class 10 students attended classes on Day 1.
“It’s a Friday and the first day of New Year. We expect more turnout on Monday,” said primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar, who had expected 50% attendance.
The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka said the attendance was higher than about 40% since many member-institutions have not updated the statistics. It said some schools saw 85% of the students turning up for campus learning.
Students welcomed with aarti
With thousands of parents shedding Covid-19 fears, teachers at many places welcomed students with aarti and flowers. Children shone in new, crisp uniforms or festive clothes; teachers and staff were dressed in their best. And they all wore facemasks.
Sir M Visvesvaraya BBMP Public School and PU College, Chamarajpet, gave a creative twist to the government’s directive to educate students about Covid-19 with Kannada teacher Natesh HS dressed as ‘Coronavirus’ and staging a skit. Principal Raju B told TOI that 13 of 83 PU II students attended school on the first day and 25 of Class X 63 students turned up.
“The attendance will improve on Monday since most students from poor families who have been hometowns will return in the coming days,” Raju said, adding elaborate decorations, rangoli and activities were for children to feel welcomed and excited about returning to schools. “We invited parents and instilled confidence in them that they need not worry and continue sending their children to schools,” he explained.
The Government High School, Jayanagar 9th Block, seated students in verandah too to ensure social distancing. Headmistress Yasholakshmi BR said students and teachers are equally excited to return. “The positivity is wonderful,” she said. School peon Nalini, in festive wear, was distributing tea and could not stop smiling. “I’m glad to be back,” she said.
The scene was no different in private schools. “In some schools, small children who came requesting for classes had to be sent back. The response exceeded our expectations,” said D Sashi Kumar, secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka.
“We had 70% students back on campus. When colleges started, we had no students on the first day at Oxford Degree College, Ullal. Hence, we were sceptical about schools’ reopening, only to be pleasantly surprised on Friday. Children tired of sitting at home wanted their normal life back,” said BR Supreeth, Oxford Universal Public School.
“In class 10, the response was around 90%. In Vidyagama classes, we had 80% in higher grades and 60% in class 6. Many parents who came to see the arrangements were reassured of their children’s safety and said they will send their children from Monday. Those who sent their children on Friday thanked us,” said Natesh Kumar MN, Gurukula International School, Magadi Road.
“Though we were ready to reopen on Friday, we had received consent letters from just five parents till Thursday evening. After Friday, the numbers shot up to 24. We will reopen on Monday,” said Tejasvi Ballari, Poornaprajna Education Centre, Srikrishna Nagar.
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