Schools in Rajasthan opened for classes 9 to 12 on Monday, 10 months after they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with only a handful of students returning to classes. Students were given a warm welcome at schools, which were sanitised on Sunday, and teachers ensured they wore masks and maintained social distancing.
The state government has allowed schools to reopen with each room having 50 per cent seating capacity and students attending classes with the consent of their parents. “The turnout of students was quite low today, particularly in classes 10 and 12. Hopefully, it will increase over the next few days. Parents are in a wait-and-watch mode before allowing their wards to attend regular classes,” said Sanjay Parashar, spokesperson of Subodh Public School here.
“Fifty per cent strength is allowed at a time in a class and all arrangements have been made to ensure compliance of social distancing, sanitisation, etc. Students were allowed to return only after getting written consent from their parents,” he said. Parashar said though schools have opened, online classes are also being held regularly which is another reason why not many students turned up.