Times of India | 1 day ago
Panaji: After the state government gave its approval for schools to allow Class VII and VIII students back on campus, some institutes began physical classes for these students for the first time during the pandemic. Schools have started offline classes by calling the Class VII and VIII students in batches at 50% capacity to be able to maintain social distancing, as sessions for students from Class IX to XII are already on. The rest of the schools are preparing to call students of Class VII and VIII from next week. âWe are already having physical classes for all students of Class IX and X. So for Class VII and VIII, we called only students from one of three divisions of each class or one-third of the students to begin with. As days go by, we will see how it goes and gradually call more students,â said Vilas Satarkar, headmaster of Dr K B Hedgewar High School, Cujira. Most schools held consultations with parents a day prior to discuss how to go about conducting sessions for students from Class VII to VIII. âOf the students who were called to school, we saw 100% attendance. We saw that all parents were in favour of the school reopening for Class VII and VIII students during the consultation,â said Satarkar. Chairman of the management of Shree Shantadurga High School in Bicholim, Vijay Sardesai, said that the school, besides holding a consultation with parents, had also taken an undertaking from them before calling students to school. âWe have started classes for Class VII-VIII by calling students from each class on alternate days. We started conducting classes for them from Monday itself, based on demand from parents, before the education department permitted these students to come to school. We are seating them at 50% capacity, which is why we have to call them on alternate days. It takes time to do the sanitisation, checking of the temperature, etc,â said Sardesai, who said they are seeing 95% attendance. Manager of New Education Institute, Curchorem, Satyesh Kakodkar, said that the school will start classes for Class VII and VIII students from Monday. âWe have at least 800 students studying from Class VII to X. So, we have bifurcated each division into two. And we will hold classes at 50% capacity by calling them on alternate days. We have to take it slow with students from Class VII and VII. They are coming to school after a gap of 20 months so we have to see what the mindset of the students is like right now. The student who was in Class V when the pandemic hit, is now in Class VII,â said Kakodkar.