Most of the primary schools across the Lakshadweep Islands were reopened on Tuesday. All the classrooms were decorated with balloons and featured a fresh coat of paint. The teachers of primary schools invited students of classes 1 to 5 after a long time this academic year. It’s been more than 8 months since all the schools across the state were shut due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. After witnessing the first coronavirus case in India, the Government has imposed the nationwide lockdown.
Lakshadweep is the only region in India that hasn’t reported even a single case of COVID-19 pandemic. Dineshwar Sharma, the Administrator of the Union Territory [UT] decided to restart in-person classes across all the schools after conducting a meeting of Education Department officials along with local body representatives and parent-teacher associations. Previously, on 21st September, the classes 6 to 12 had restarted on the islands.
After making this decision, more than 11000 students on the 10 inhabited islands of the UT have attended the schools. The classes for the students of pre-primary are yet to begin in the UT. One of the teachers at Government Junior Basic School on Amini Island said that about 126 students in classes 1 to 5 showed up.
The teacher said, ‘There was thermal screening for kids at the gate. Everyone has to wear masks. Students have to wash their hands before entering classrooms. Only two students are permitted to sit on a bench,” he said. Classes are to be held alternately at the school, and only till noon. “Classes 2 and 4 will be held Monday, and the others the next day, and so on. Students of each grade will be coming to school three days a week.’
The teacher stressed that there is no chance to conduct full-time online classes due to severe internet connectivity problems. Hence, the reopening of schools has become a relief to the students, said the teacher. Showkath Ali, Assistant Educational Officer of Lakshadweep said that the schools must receive permission letters from parents. To the students’ homes, the UT has been distributing essential things such as rice, pulses, etc., instead of sending cooked midday meals.
A Government school’s headmaster in Kavaratti said that a community of the parents are still worried about their young kids wearing masks for almost 4 hours a day. Such children may end up with some respiratory problems. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates.