When we re-opened for all class levels in September, things got off to a rocky start. Here in India schools have been closed for so long (much longer than in the UK or the rest of Europe) that children had got well out of the routine of schooling. Over two-thirds of our students in the upper-primary to secondary levels had managed to keep up with their studies to an extent by following our online classes at home. But for younger children and for the least advantaged of our students this was just not possible. For some of our youngest students this meant entry to school for the very first time or just about as good as, because they might not remember much of what being in pre-primary school was like.
We have completed the half-yearly exams, and for our grade 10 and 12 girls this has been a significant milestone because, as in England, the government decided to run these board exams over two semesters just in case of further COVID-19 interruption. For these secondary school girls it has been a struggle, with some of our weaker students having fallen significantly behind. We are doing everything we can to help the girls catch up, including having specialist teachers arriving at school early to help grade 12 students in physics and chemistry.
Sporting activities have been up and running again, including Tae Kwon Do, Thai boxing, running, strength training, yoga, hand ball and volley ball. The girls are enthusiastic and love taking part in these classes before the main school day begins.
Mateshwari Kanya Vidyapeeth
Chakarsi Village (old name Chak Aarfi), Uttar Pradesh, India