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Punjab schools reopen for Stds V to VIII

In Kapurthala, a group of class V students listened attentively to their teacher at the Government Primary School Bhagatpur. As was the scene in Government Senior Secondary School for Girls at Ladowali Road of Jalandhar, where physical classes came as a refreshing change.
The excitement and eagerness of getting back to class was evident Thursday as government schools in Punjab reopened for classes V to VIII after a long gap of nine months owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier in October, the Punjab government had allowed opening schools for classes IX to XII.
Teachers said most parents were willing to send their children to school. As per guidelines issued by the government, children can attend class only after written consent from parents and physical attendance is not mandatory. Online classes will continue.
January 7 and 8 had earlier been announced as Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM) days for government schools in Punjab. On Wednesday, Punjab Education Minister VIjay Inder Singla had announced that all schools in Punjab including government, private and semi-government will reopen for classes V to VIII. Teachers said that on Thursday, most students arrived with their parents and were ready to attend physical classes Friday onwards. In some schools, classes started from Thursday itself. Students were welcomed with enthusiasm, while hand-sanitiser spray pumps were installed at the entrance and benches were marked to maintain social distancing.
Amarjit Singh Chahal, a teacher from government senior secondary school, Rangrial village of Mansa, said maximum enthusiasm was witnessed among the students of class VI as they were attending class for the first time after passing out from the primary section. “Nearly 70 per cent of our students from classes VI to VIII attended school today. We were not expecting such a good response on day one as some parents are still fearful of sending children to school.”

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