Nagpur: As schools reopen from Std I from December 1 across Maharashtra, academics see a far greater challenge than just letting younger people know about studies.
Std I and II students will enter a large school campus for the first time. This new experience, combined with separation anxiety, wearing masks all the time and not having the overly protective atmosphere of nursery schools and nursery schools can pose a problem.
Premlata Tiwari, Principal of Bhola High School, said: “The first few days are always a bit tense for children as they have to be away from their parents for a long time. These children, whose mothers are housewives, are used to seeing her 24/7. Then all of a sudden, when they are apart for a few hours, some children experience separation anxiety and cry. But then in each school the teachers are trained to handle such situations and the child is slowly brought to the new normal.
Lucky Sadrani, director of the Podar International School (Katol Road), said. “The practice of writing is going to be a big challenge for children all over the world. Since they haven’t even tracked KG in physical mode, it’s not easy to master motor skills and learn how to grip a pencil well. Catching up on those founding years is the immediate task.
Since lessons are now online for elementary school children, they are not used to wearing masks. Once back on campus, it will be mandatory. Sadrani says children learn better. “I have Std V students on my campus and they are very disciplined. They wear masks correctly, better than high school kids. I am convinced that in every school these young children will be easy to handle in terms of wearing masks, ”Sadrani said.
Interacting with strangers on the first day of school is intimidating for many kids, but academics believe that online lessons here may have solved the problem.
Resmi Umesh, Principal of Saraswati Vidyalaya (Primary), said: “Students see their teachers and classmates daily through online lessons. So the familiarity between everyone is already there. It’s a big change from earlier where these little kids would have entered the campus where the teachers and maybe even the classmates are strangers.
Raosaheb Thawre school principal Ashok Gavhankar said getting students to focus could be another challenge. “At home, students can go to the bathroom anytime, grab something to eat when they are hungry, even if online lessons are enabled. But once back in the classrooms, it won’t work. I feel like for the first week or so these things will be a problem, but eventually the kids are still adjusting, ”Gavhankar said.