CBSE, ICSE schools reopen; attendance remains poor

BENGALURU: On the campus of Delhi Public School-North, there are some signs of life on Monday morning. Cabs come in, drop students and leave. The students are seated far apart, waving at each other and gleaming as they see their friends again.

An announcement is made every now and then, reminding students of the Covid protocol. The school had 155 students, of its total combined strength of 807 in class 10 and 12. The school is finally open after 10 months, but not to its full life.

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While the government had given the nod to reopen campuses for classes 10 and 12 from January 1, many private schools in the city had their Christmas break till January 4 and were expected to reopen on Monday. Several schools did not reopen their physical classrooms and continued with online classes. They included Bethany High, Vibgyor Group of schools, St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Gear International, some branches of Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Those who reopened had different experiences to narrate. Many received cold response. With online classes in full swing, schools say it’s not surprising that there were not many parents who want to send children to school.