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Updated on: Monday, October 04, 2021, 03:16 PM IST

Maharashtra: School bells ring again, students welcomed with sweets, flowers; see photos and videos

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students after remaining shut for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
Visuals from D S High School, Sion. | Sachin Haralkar

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students after remaining shut for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Visuals from D S High School, Sion. | Sachin Haralkar

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A full 18 months after remaining shut during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, a majority of the schools in Maharashtra - barring the primary sections - reopened on Monday.

School bells started ringing at the appointed morning hour urging students to hurry for classes, while in many schools, teachers and non-teaching staff welcomed the pupils with roses, chocolates, or sweetmeats to mark the special day.

Enthusiastic students turned out in their crisp uniforms, lugging their schoolbags, in singles, double or in groups of friends, and waited patiently at the gates for their temperature checks and hand sanitisation, before proceeding to the classrooms.

School Education Minister, Prof Varsha Gaikwad visited a few schools in Sion-Dharavi and interacted with the students in their classrooms, counselling to take all cares and return to the school routines as in the pre-pandemic era.

"A new day has come, a new journey begins, step out into the light and step inside the classroom. Welcome!" she said.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar also visited a couple of schools, spoke with the students, and staff and directed all protocols be followed plus all amenities like drinking water, clean toilets, fumigated classes, be available to the children.

Following a government decision, all schools from Class 5-12 in the rural areas and from Class 8-12 in urban areas have thrown the doors open for students from Monday.

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students after remaining shut for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Visuals from D S High School, Sion. | Sachin Haralkar

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students after remaining shut for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Visuals from D S High School, Sion. | Sachin Haralkar

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Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students after remaining shut for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Visuals from D S High School, Sion. | Sachin Haralkar

Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad visits D S High School, Sion as schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. | Sachin Haralkar

Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad visits D S High School, Sion as schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. | Sachin Haralkar

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Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

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Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

Schools reopen in Maharashtra for secondary section students for the first time since COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Visuals from Don Bosco School, Borivali, Mumbai. | BL Soni

With inputs from IANS.

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Published on: Monday, October 04, 2021, 03:16 PM IST
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