Calcutta schools recorded a low attendance on day one

On the first day, the city recorded a low attendance, which is much lower than what they had expected.

All the schools across India were shut down for almost one year due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Approximately after one year from January 12, 2021, all the schools reopened. But on the first day, the city recorded a low attendance, which is much lower than what they had expected.

According to the information, all the parents are not willing to send their children to the school right now. As they are worried enough of covid-19. The government had allowed the reopening of schools for students of Classes IX to XII from Friday.

On the first day, a number of schools recorded attendance between 20 and 50 percent of the reduced number of students who were supposed to go. On the other hand, Not a single student turned up in at least two schools — one in Rajarhat and the other in Baguiati. At Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, only about 30 percent of students who were called to the campus turned up.

The school called students of Classes X and XII and divided them into groups. Of the 140 children who were supposed to attend on-campus classes, 46 turned up. The attendance was around 50 percent at The BSS School, Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Shri Shikshayatan School, and Swarnamyee Vidyapith in Jadavpur.

At Jadavpur Vidyapith, about 40 percent of the students of Classes IX, X, and XII who were called turned up. At Hare School, of the 350 students called to the campus, only 80 turned up. At North Point Senior Secondary Boarding Schools, the attendance was zero.

A Teacher said, "parents were in no rush to send their children to school and put their health at risk. Many want their children to continue attending online classes as there is still the risk of contracting Covid-19."

Parents are also worried because children might not be following the physical distancing norms once they meet friends after almost a year.

R. Singh, whose daughter is in Class XI at a south Calcutta school said, “I am scared to send my daughter to school. My mother-in-law is 69 and I do not want my daughter to be a carrier and infect her. We have hardly stepped out since last March."

Meena Kak, the director of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy said, “Parents who are willing to send their children to school are not doing so because they do not want them to travel in public transport or pool cars."

Reeta Chatterjee, the director of North Point Senior Secondary Boarding Schools said, “The fear of the virus has not gone from the minds of the parents and they will not be ready to send their children to school till they feel the students will be completely safe there. They think the children might not be able to maintain (the mandatory) 6ft distance between themselves."

Kazi Masum Akhtar, the headmaster of Katjunagar Swarnamayee Vidyapith in Jadavpur said, “Parents are jittery because the pandemic is not yet over. We will have to counsel them."

Bratati Bhattacharyya, secretary-general of Shri Shikshayatan School said, “Technology has allowed children to learn in a personalized way."

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