Schools reopened in Haryana, but classes weren’t held

Written by Rishika Singh | February 3, 2021 | 14:20 PM

PANIPAT: As schools around Haryana reopened for classes 6 to 8 on Monday, after remaining closed for almost 11 months due to coronavirus, many students from Panipat were forced to stay at homeas they lacked the mandatory medical certificate.

According to the Haryana government’s directive, any of the students who choose to attend school physically should produce a medical certificate detailing their well-being including lack of cold, cough and fever.

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

The principal of Tagore School, Mrs. Kusum Sharma, said that out of the 100 students that were going to attend school, 98 had to be sent back home in the absence of a proper medical certificate. “Only 2 of our students had the certificate so unfortunately, we couldn’t have regular classes,” she explained.

Many of the schools around the city were facing similar problems. As students failed to provide the certificate, many of them rushed to the General Civil Hospital to get them. Riya, a student of class 7 at Arya Bal Bharti School who has been waiting her turn at the hospital said, “I’ve been standing in this queue with my mom for the past 2 hours but it just keeps getting longer and longer.”

Students queued up at the Civil Hospital in Panipat to get tested for COVID-19.
(image by Rishika Singh)

There also seemed to be some confusion as many students were also getting tested for coronavirus, despite that they weren’t required to do so. Many of the parents were of the opinion that the schools were extremely unclear in their instructions to the students.

“None of my son’s teachers bothered to inform us about providing a medical certificate beforehand, they only told me to get him tested for coronavirus today,” said one parent.

But the schools had a bone to pick with that. The principal of Bal Niketan School blamed the government for not providing enough infrastructure and information. “The government should have sent medical check-up teams so that the process could be eased for both students and teachers.”