Students of class 10 of Vidya Niketan High School attending music class on the first day of school reopening at Pandu on 20th September 2021. Photo: Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

The classroom calendar of Bidyamandir Higher Secondary School got a new signature marking today with its opening for the 10th standard students after five months of Covid-19 lockdown.

But for Puja and Sneha, meeting and greeting each other has a different meaning as close friends.

It’s after five months of “physical distance” as classmates the students of Class 10 are allowed under the new SOP of the Assam government to come out of the “Virtual World” attending offline classes at the school.

And that has a soothing effect among the students with naughty tit-bits and leg-pulling among each other along with listening to teachers as well.

“We have a student–strength of 79 in class 10. Of the 79 students, 37 have attended the school today and they are very much excited to meet classmates and teachers. We are also positive to lead them towards this new journey following the Covi19 protocol in school hours,” said Bipul Sil, English subject teacher of the institution.

Rishi Bhowmick and Debojit Das, two sound voices from the boys of Class 10 of Bidyamandir H S School, seem little aware of the ongoing vaccination process.

“We have seen in the media that the government is thinking about introducing vaccination for those below 18 years of age. We are hopeful that we will also be vaccinated soon and the physical classroom that we always cherish attending will become normal. And all of the confusions evolved out of online classes will be resolved during classroom interactions,” they said.

Music is one of the important elective subjects for the class 10 students of Vidya Niketan High School at Pandu.

After a gap of more than five months, practically the music students are attending their most adorable class.

The tiny fingers met the harmonium reeds during the first scheduled practical music class attended by four (4) students of the school who have music as an elective paper.

Their bold and beautiful signing created a wave within the small campus after a long time.

“Being a music student I am very happy that after a long time I am singing with my batch mates. During lockdown, we could not concentrate much in online sessions and music is a touchy medium and can be polished with time through more and more physical classes and workshops,” said Drisha Dey, a music student of the school.

Now with the reintroduction of physical classes, students like Drisha are charged up and enthusiastic enough to attend classes regularly.

On the first day of reopening of the schools across Assam, two more government high schools of the area–Pandu Adarsha High School and N.P.M.E. High School, the attendance of students of the tenth standard is not disappointing at all.

Most of the students of these schools are from marginalized communities.

And getting a personal smartphone to attend classes is always a challenge for them as they do not have the privilege, which leads to much confusion and disappointments.

The online classes will be continued along with offline classes to meet the students’ needs.

And following the Covid-19 protocol, the government schools of Pandu are quite excited to have students back to their classes and hope that normalcy will lead to a happy ending with good competitive results in the upcoming matriculation exams in 2022.

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