On March 2, the classrooms of Government Primary School Ganpatyar were decorated with colourful balloons and decorations. This day was significant for the teachers, students and parents as schools have reopened almost after more than two years of gap. The schools were closed initially because of the August 05 lockdown and then followed by nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 pandemic raged all over the country.
Not only this school but most of the schools in the valley witnessed the same scenes to welcome the students.
Muzaffar, a class 2nd student of Government Primary School Ganpatyar said, “I am feeling delighted, playing with my friends is what I have missed all these months. My brother and I were very much missing our friends. We only meet our friends in the school. It’s good to see our classrooms decorated with balloons and buntings.”
Mouazam Ayub a class 12th student of Nigeen Higher Secondary School said that the first day of school was great. “Meeting the old friends was fun. Coming to school has a whole new vibe. School is the place where we spent the best time of our life and it's a memorable part of our lives. It is the place where we make friends and after staying out of school for long, I want to appreciate the school life and want every moment to enjoy school,” he said.
Ibraheem Khan of class 9th from Delhi Public School Srinagar said, “Schools are the learning seat and due to the closure of schools, our studies have suffered a lot. I didn’t even recognize many of my classmates after a long time. Honestly, I was very excited to be on the school campus. We watched a movie as well. There were lots of fun activities arranged by our teachers. The first week is happiness week where we are given time to meet our friends after a long time, socialize with them and adjust ourselves back to the school routine.”
Sibtain Waseem Qazi of class 10th from Vasanta Girls High School said, “It is a good feeling to be in school. School not only educates us but it teaches us things like discipline and manners. The exercises and physical activities that were reduced while sitting at home will be taken up by us gradually. It is a new start to life. The online classes were not enough because, for most of the students, that would coincide with the private tuition timing. Attending morning assembly and saying prayers after such a long time evokes different feelings. I look forward to being focused on my studies.”
Masnoon, class 7th of Green Valley Educational Institute said, “I had already been missing my school a lot because schools are a fun place for students. I was very excited and very delighted to see all my friends after a long time. Our school teachers welcomed us. We did a lot of fun activities. We were taken to the auditorium and played various games. We sang with the teachers as well and felt energetic. We had become very lazy at home and now discipline and etiquette are back in our lives.”
Hammad Farzeen Mir, a class 12th student from Tyndale Biscoe School said, “Earlier I used to study in Green Valley Educational Institute. It’s my first year at Tyndale Biscoe School and I wanted to know what activities my new school has to offer, how the new teachers are, so I was eagerly waiting for the school to open. Our teachers welcomed us and we felt very joyful. We enjoyed it a lot. We introduced ourselves and got to know each other. We played games and did many activities. In the coming days, we will be told to gradually inculcate the school routine. Everyone feels that we have missed a major part of our life by staying away from school. Now it’s the last year of school and I am trying to make the most of it.”
Naseema, class 5th student from Government Primary School Ganpatyar said, “Teachers have welcomed us warmly. I missed my teachers very much. They are special for us because they make us a better person in life. I like offline classes most as we all study together and my teachers are in front of me.”
Nadia of class 10th, Vasanta Girls High School said, “It was a nice feeling. Last year, we had also come for some days but then soon schools were closed. I couldn’t meet many of my friends then. I missed my teachers too. The best part of school life is that we are together. Whatever we learn, it’s only because of school. Pandemic has disturbed our school life very much.”