Excited But Nervous, Mexican Children Return To Classrooms
Mexico City, June 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Jun, 2021 ) :More than a million Mexican schoolchildren returned to classrooms around the country on Monday for the first time in more than a year thanks to an easing of pandemic lockdown measures.
She wore a mask and was accompanied by her grandfather, who had submitted a medical certificate for her ruling out any symptoms of Covid-19.
The return is voluntary and most students have yet to go back.
Those that do will only be able to attend twice a week for four hours a day, and will be offered two additional days of online classes.
But a steady improvement in the situation since a surge in infections at the start of the year has led to a gradual return to normal life.
Nancy Guillen, an elementary school principal in the capital, said that she would initially welcome back a third of her students.
"We're excited because this school is our home," she said.
She acknowledged that some parents were worried about their children being infected with the coronavirus.
So far around a quarter of Mexican adults have had at least one coronavirus vaccine, including most teaching staff who were given priority, but children have yet to be inoculated.
"Our main challenge will be to get the little ones to wear face masks for at least four hours," Guillen said.
Ivoon Ponciano said it felt strange to be back in school with only a few of her classmates.
"My mother thought it was a good idea to come back. They were very difficult months, weird, with all the face masks and empty streets," the 12-year-old said.