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Telangana: Panchayat organises ‘band baaja’ to welcome students returning to school after 1.5 years

The Rayalapur Mandal Parishad Primary School was decked up as 36 out of the 82 students studying in Classes 1 to 5 returned classrooms. Across the state, all the government schools reopened Wednesday with 50 per cent or less attendance.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: September 2, 2021 3:38:20 am
The Rayalapur Mandal Parishad Primary School was shut on March 25 last year when the Covid-19 lockdown was clamped and, like all schools, remained shut since | Express photo

Gram Panchayat members of Rayalapur village in Telangana organised a ‘band baaja’ to welcome students to the primary school which reopened Wednesday after a gap of one-and-a-half-years. The Rayalapur Mandal Parishad Primary School closed on March 25 last year when the Covid-19 lockdowns started and, like all schools, remained shut since then.

“Today morning it was time for a bit of a celebration. The students were returning to school after a long time so the panchayat members decided to organise a welcome for them. The school was decked up and a ‘band baaja’ party beat drums and led the students from the road to the school. The students, who were eager to be in school, enjoyed it,” Siddi Ramulu, the headmaster of the school, said.

“Today, 36 of the 82 students studying in Classes 1 to 5 came to school, and I am hopeful that in the coming days all the students will return,” Ramulu said.

Across the state, all the government schools reopened Wednesday with 50 per cent or less attendance. At most of the private schools, teaching and non-staff were present but very few students came. As per the Covid-19 protocols and directions issued by the Telangana High Court, the teachers and staff at government schools donned masks and kept sanitisers handy.

“If anyone, including students, is found without masks, we are giving them one to wear,” said G Yadaiah, a teacher at Lingampally MPP School. At many government schools in Hyderabad and peripheral areas, parents arrived in the morning to check whether the schools were open or not and then went back and brought their kids. “Some students arrived even after 10 am but we are just happy that they are back to school. The students are also very eager and enthusiastic to be back to their classes,” a teacher at Hyderguda MPP School said.

We also served mid-day meals in all the schools. People are cautious but the first day’s response from the children and the number of students who attended school today is encouraging,’’ said additional director of school education department K Lingaiah.

Gram Panchayat members of Rayalapur village in Telangana organised a ‘band baaja’ to welcome students to the primary school which reopened Wednesday after a gap of one-and-a-half-years. The Rayalapur Mandal Parishad Primary School closed on March 25 last year when the Covid-19 lockdowns started and, like all schools, remained shut since then.

“Today morning it was time for a bit of a celebration. The students were returning to school after a long time so the panchayat members decided to organise a welcome for them. The school was decked up and a ‘band baaja’ party beat drums and led the students from the road to the school. The students, who were eager to be in school, enjoyed it,” Siddi Ramulu, the headmaster of the school, said.

“Today, 36 of the 82 students studying in Classes 1 to 5 came to school, and I am hopeful that in the coming days all the students will return,” Ramulu said.

Across the state, all the government schools reopened Wednesday with 50 per cent or less attendance. At most of the private schools, teaching and non-staff were present but very few students came. As per the Covid-19 protocols and directions issued by the Telangana High Court, the teachers and staff at government schools donned masks and kept sanitisers handy.

“If anyone, including students, is found without masks, we are giving them one to wear,” said G Yadaiah, a teacher at Lingampally MPP School. At many government schools in Hyderabad and peripheral areas, parents arrived in the morning to check whether the schools were open or not and then went back and brought their kids. “Some students arrived even after 10 am but we are just happy that they are back to school. The students are also very eager and enthusiastic to be back to their classes,” a teacher at Hyderguda MPP School said.

We also served mid-day meals in all the schools. People are cautious but the first day’s response from the children and the number of students who attended school today is encouraging,’’ said additional director of school education department K Lingaiah.

‘Wait and watch’ at private schools

At private schools, there were no students. “Parents have taken a wait and watch stance. They feel that it is not safe yet to send their children to school. They prefer online classes as of now. When the government announced on August 24 that schools will reopen from today, a few private schools issued a circular and a declaration that the schools will not be responsible if children get infected while at school. This seems to have put off most of the parents,” an administrator of a techno school said.

President of Telangana Recognised Schools Managements Association Yadagiri Sesharao said that the government’s directive not to take an undertaking from parents that schools cannot be held responsible if a child falls sick has deterred private schools from reopening. “Nobody wants to take the risk of a parent holding the school responsible. Another reason is most parents do not think it is safe for schools to reopen yet and schools are adopting the wait and watch policy. Today’s reports from across the state suggest that less than 10 per cent of the 11,000 private schools reopened and there were not more than 10-15 students. Classes were not conducted at most private schools,’’ Rao said.

At private schools, there were no students. “Parents have taken a wait and watch stance. They feel that it is not safe yet to send their children to school. They prefer online classes as of now. When the government announced on August 24 that schools will reopen from today, a few private schools issued a circular and a declaration that the schools will not be responsible if children get infected while at school. This seems to have put off most of the parents,” an administrator of a techno school said.

President of Telangana Recognised Schools Managements Association Yadagiri Sesharao said that the government’s directive not to take an undertaking from parents that schools cannot be held responsible if a child falls sick has deterred private schools from reopening. “Nobody wants to take the risk of a parent holding the school responsible. Another reason is most parents do not think it is safe for schools to reopen yet and schools are adopting the wait and watch policy. Today’s reports from across the state suggest that less than 10 per cent of the 11,000 private schools reopened and there were not more than 10-15 students. Classes were not conducted at most private schools,’’ Rao said.

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