Good attendance on day-1

Some educational institutions hit by weekend syndrome

Marali Shalege: Students return to schools in the City on Friday. dh photo

To mark the occasion, Minister for Primary and Secondary education, Vishvehwara Hegde Kageri along with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) officials visited five government schools in the Tavarekere Hobli in Bangalore North. The DPI later said the schools recorded a high attendance of 90 per cent on the first day.

The officials and the minister who visited the Honnaganahatti primary school  appreciated the efforts put in by students in securing good marks. Kageri also praised the efforts made by officials in registering students to regular classes under the zero class system started in 2008-09. There are three to four students attending the school during the current academic year under this system.

At another High School in Tippagondanhalli, Kageri appreciated the efforts made by the government school students in achieving high scores at the SSLC examinations.
However, the Government school in Hombanagar in Bangalore saw a very low turnout of only 55 per cent students. Teachers attributed the low attendance to  upcoming weekend.

Weekend syndrome

At the Government Kannada Higher and Primary School in Ulsoor, only around 100 of the 205 students turned up on Friday. But the school headmistress, Sorajamma was optimistic. She said, “Today is just the first day, as many have gone out of station. We will get all the students to by Monday".

Since many students had forgotten some basic lessons, the School had a revision class, said the headmistress. 

Manoj, a sixth standard student who attended school said that he was more than eager to come back. "I recalled some tables and read a Kannada lesson today,” he said with a smile. A second standard student, Vanishree, was happy to attend school for some drawing classes on the first day. 

But Yamini, a fourth standard student, had a problem. “I have forgotten many things, now I have to recollect those things and will attend school regularly,” she said. ISKCON served sweet pongal to students on the first day of the academic year.

Textbooks have been despatched to schools two months ago itself to ensure that the students get them on time. However, distribution of bicycles as assured by the government in this year’s budget will be delayed on account of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. It is being planned to  recruit 7,000 more teachers for government schools.   

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