After almost 18 months, Paveri Kamble, 15, went to school on Monday. She was anxious, restless, excited and above all relieved too at not having to juggle the lone smartphone in the house to attend her online classes.
Some parents were joyful, and had lined up outside the school gates as they dropped their kids at school. Kamble’s mother said, “It was very difficult for my daughter to understand instructions and do assignments through a mobile phone. Also, poor network in our area made following the classes quite tricky for my daughter. It is a great relief that classes have resumed.” Students were welcomed back on school campuses across Mumbai with flowers, balloons, sanitisers and social distancing protocols too. Kamble was one of the roughly 30,250 students in BMC-run schools who now resumed physical classes. Sadly, the total number of students who attended classes in private schools was not available.
Schools reopened for classes VIII to XII in urban areas and from class V onwards in most rural areas in the state after over a year-long break owing to the Covid crisis Furthermore, parents added that they were cautious while sending their children to school. The BMC had in its SOP stated that parents’ consent is necessary for students to attend school.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray interacted with school students and teachers and wished them luck. He also unveiled the campaign ‘My Students, My Responsibility’.
As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there are 67,361 students in Classes VIII-X in 781 civic-run schools. The BMC said that parents of around 60 per cent of these students’ greed to sending their kids to school.