Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Feb 23: On the reopening day of classes 6 to 8 in Dakshina Kannada district, there was enthusiastic response from the students of Dakshina Kannada district.
Except in case of schools located at the border with Kerala state, other schools saw good attendance. As such, 25 percent of the schools located in Mangaluru, Bantwal, Puttur and Sullia taluks which have common borders with Kerala, the attendance of students was considerably less.
In the border area schools, eighth standard students attended classes the whole day while for the students of sixth and seventh standards, Vidyagama programme was continued. In other schools in the district, all the students who were so far attending Vidyagama attended the schools.
Border area schools
As students living within one two kilometres from the border area in Kerala attend Karnataka schools, there was not much of a problem. However, vigil was kept at the border and the students were checked before allowing them to attend schools. There was no confusion as these students were attending Vidyagama so far. The education department officials said that they are ready to hold regular classes for sixth and seventh standards if the district administration issues instructions.
Out of 15,717 students in classes 6 to 8, 11,683 at tended classes on Monday, which works out to 86 percent. The district tops the state as far as attendance is concerned. Wearing masks in classes was made compulsory and precautionary measures have been taken against the spread of the disease, said deputy director of public instruction, N H Nagur.
In 50 schools located near Kerala border, regular classes will not be held. In these schools, Vidyagama will be held from 9 am to 12 noon. There is demand from parents and school development and monitoring committees to start regular classes, said the deputy director of public instruction. He said that the student attendance in schools is 75 percent, which is the highest in the state.