For K. Devika, a class VIII student at a government upper secondary school for girls in Dindigul, the reopening of the school has never been the happiest. “It’s very exciting to be back in school and to have a sense of routine. Going back to normal school and learning from teachers in classrooms as usual is relieving,” she said.
After a two-year lapse due to COVID-19-induced closures, 1,979 schools – public, subsidized and private – in the districts are reopening for the 2022-23 school year to accommodate full students.
G. Shanthi, headmistress of Chettinaickenpatti Government Secondary School near Dindigul, said she received students with flowers and sweets.
“We’re just happy to see classrooms full of students. The teachers arrived before 8:00 a.m. and made the necessary arrangements to welcome the students. We have already had 25 new admissions for different classes,” said.
She indicated that refreshment work in the school premises had been underway for three days with a view to reopening.
Various new methods such as the use of the ‘Read Along’ app to develop language skills, the creation of an internal complaints committee led by a senior teacher from a school in the school, etc. have been put in place to ensure a smooth school year.
“Today the public schools have all the facilities and their standards are good,” said the mother of V. Mahesh Bhoopathi who was admitted to Class VI at Chettinaickenpatti Public School.
Free textbooks, notebooks and stationery were distributed to public school students and subsidized by the district government.
“We have seen the children’s eagerness to return to school. Although it is a difficult task to bring them back to focus on full-time academics after a long irregular two-year hiatus,” said a private school teacher in Dindigul.
Jacob John, a parent of a Class IV pupil from another private school in Dindigul, said the start of offline lessons is a huge relief for parents as online lessons don’t give children the real feel. schools.
“The regular school provides face-to-face interaction between students and teachers, which is the perfect way to learn. Children coming off cellphones are also a huge relief,” he added.
For S. Edward, owner of a stationery store on AMC Road, sales were huge in the last week before schools reopened.
“Little children eagerly bought pencils, crayons, especially schoolbags with popular cartoon characters sold like hot cakes. Although the sale of notebooks was a bit boring because schools provide them” , did he declare.