Patiala, October 20
Around 30 per cent students from Classes IX to XII reportedly attended classes on the first two days of reopening of government schools in the district.
District Education Officer (DEO) Harinder Kaur said that around 30 per cent students attended schools in the first two days. She hoped the attendance would improve in the coming days.
She said: “The attendance will definitely improve in the coming days. I think a majority of the students will start coming to schools in a week. We are taking all precautions for the safety of students.”
Meanwhile, schoolteachers said some students were still unaware of the consent form, which was to be signed by parents. A teacher said: “A few students were sent back home as they did not bring the consent form along.”
Vikram Dev, Vice-President, Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF), said the government should relax the condition regarding the consent form, whereby parents would be held responsible for any eventuality. “By introducing the consent form from the parents, the government is creating fear among parents and students.”
The teacher organisation said they want the government to start school for remaining classes also. — TNS
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