| Students return to school after winter vacation at Notre Dame Academy in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The district administration on Monday issued a directive suspending classes up to Standard V till Sunday owing to the cold weather.
The fresh order would help students beat the morning chill they feel while going to schools. But most of them claimed that they would miss the warmth of their buddies because of suspension of classes.
Swayam Singh, a Class IV student of Delhi Public School, said: “I won’t have to bear the morning chill for the next few days because my school would remain closed till Sunday, but I will definitely miss my friends. I was very happy today (on Wednesday) to meet my friends after the vacation.”
Abdul Wahhab, a Class III student of Don Bosco Primary School, was happy about the order on class suspension because of the day cold condition.
“I wanted to go to school on the first day, but I was feeling very cold in the morning. Now that the school would be closed again, I am very happy.”
Ahad, a Class IV student of Don Bosco Academy, echoed similar sentiments.
“I went to the school today (on Wednesday) after the winter vacation. I was very happy to meet my friends. We got a new class teacher today after our former mentor retired. I liked my new tutor but I would miss my former madam.”
Not just the students, several parents also appreciated the order of the district administration on the suspension of classes up to Class V. Sonam, whose two daughters study at Notre Dame Academy, was both happy and disappointed.
“I am happy for my younger daughter, a Class II student. She will not have to attend school for a few more days. But, at the same time, I am worried about my elder daughter, who studies in Class VII. She will have to go to school in this cold weather.”
Sonam said it was so cold that her younger daughter had her eyes swollen when she returned home from school on Wednesday.
Life returned to normal in institutions on Wednesday as the schools reopened after a prolonged winter vacation. Parents were seen dropping their wards at the bus stops and schools on bikes. Most of the students in senior classes were happy to be back among studies.
Samiksha Sharma, a Class VI student of St Joseph’s High School, said studies should not be ignored. “It’s good that the school would remain open because studies are equally important. The syllabus has to be completed.”
Like Samiksha, students beyond Class V would have to attend classes despite the cold. Their only respite is delayed school hours — the classes for the students of Class VI onwards would start after 9am till further order.