After Covid-19 hullaballoo, the schools in Vidarbha barring Nagpur district, re-opened on Monday, there was none of the usual hustle-bustle and none of the first-day-of-school either. Masks and sanitisers, thermal scanners and social distancing were on top on the minds of the school administration as well as teachers and students from Class 9th to 12th. Though, the schools reopen, the attendance was very low. As for parents they are not given their consent to commence the class and most of them deemed it fit not to send their wards to school yet.
In Buldana district, there are 661 schools that have a total strength of around 1,32,000 students from Class 9 to 12. But on Monday, only 161 schools reopened and 6,468 students came to attend the classes, making the school administration wonder if the physical classes should continue or not. In Murtijapur taluka, the first day of school was marked by poor response from students as only about 5 percent of them turned up to attend classes on Monday. In Amravati, Shailesh Nawal, Collector, Chetan Gawande, Mayor, Block Development Officers, Block Education Officers visited schools and took review of the situation on the first day. The district has about 517 schools and necessary arrangement as per guidelines issued were made for the students and teachers. Students were given masks and sanitisers at the entrance gate of the schools. Proper checking through oximeters and thermal scanners was also done. Prominent schools in Amravati too didn’t get response from the students. Manibai Gujrati High School, a prominent school, has 647 students of class 9 and 10 and 305 students of class 11 and 12.