| Girls of Mount Carmel play on the school premises in Patna on Monday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Patna, Jan. 17: Schools in the city were abuzz with activities today as children returned to classes after an extended vacation of almost 25 days.
Most of the children were more than happy to be back to their second home, while some wished the vacations continued a little longer. But one thing is worrying almost everyone, children, parents and the teachers — the completion of the syllabus. Many have sought for a revision in the syllabus to help children prepare.
The day saw most of the students having a lot of fun on their school campus.
The vacation this year was extended by about two weeks after the temperature made it almost impossible for the children to go to schools.
Most of the schools witnessed an attendance of more than 90 per cent on the first day after the holiday. The guardians were also relaxed that studies could finally resume. Teachers and others were engaged in re-planning the school time table so that they could finish the syllabus on time.
Rashmi Sinha, a Class VI student of St Xavier’s School, said: “It was important for the school to open. I am happy. I have met my friends after a long time. Our syllabus has been completed and now we can concentrate on the revisions. We enjoyed all the activities today, right from regular classes to sports. It was like going back to our normal life.”
Divya Chandra, a Class VII student of the same school, said: “It was a great day. We had been missing our friends so much. All day we kept sharing our stories of the vacation. Today was a day of enjoying. Our teachers shared lunch with us today. Now we are in a good shape to get back to our studies.”
Akshat Agrawal, a Class VIII student of Delhi Public School, said he was suffering from boredom at home. “I was waiting for the school to reopen because being at home for more than 20 days was really tiring. Even the final examination is approaching and we have a lot of doubt that need to be cleared as well,” he said.
Mayank Pratap Singh, a Class V student of St. Xavier’s, said he enjoyed the vacations even though it was cold.
“It was a lovely vacation. It was cold and there were lots to do at home. But it was time for the school to reopen. I was missing my friends badly,” Mayank said.
For Piyusha, a Class VII student of St Xavier’s, mathematics is a difficult subject and she wants to work hard on it with her friends.
“It was a long break and I was missing school badly. I really wanted to come back, and I am very happy to be here.”
Not everyone, however, was as happy as Rashmi, Divya, Akshat, Mayank, Piyusha and many others. Class IV student of St Xavier’s, Hrithik, wished he was still at home. He was so happy, that he did not feel like coming out of the vacation. “The vacation was too good. I played cricket with my friends in the neighbourhood everyday. I won’t be able to watch cartoons either.”