Schools might be reopening, but where are the students?

February 3, 2021 | 16:20 PM

CHENNAI: Although schools across the country have finally started reopening in February, after remaining closed for almost 11 months due to COVID-19, their problems don’t seem to be ending.

Haryana’s schools opened their doors to primary school students this Monday, given that students provide mandatory medical certificates proving their physical well-being.

HARYANA: The deserted gate of Tagore School during school hours.
(image by Rishika Singh)

The process was far from smooth-sailing as almost all students in many schools failed to provide these certificates, hence had to be sent back. Adding on to the confusion, many of them were getting tested for coronavirus, despite that they weren’t required to do so. The schools effectively remained closed putting a damper on both students’ and parents’ moods.

TELANGANA: Students following social-distancing norms.
(image by Telangana Today)

Whereas in Hyderabad, the situation seemed to be the opposite. While many higher-secondary students were excited to be back at school after a long time, most parents were still apprehensive about the reopening. Their dominating reason remained the pandemic and social-distancing norms, or the lack thereof, but many were also worried about financial and transportation issues.

Meanwhile, the Delhi administration has permitted the reopening of schools for the 9th and 10th standard from February 5. But here also, too many parents are apprehensive about sending their children to schools.