A limited number of students attended the classes as schools around the state opened partially on Saturday, after a gap of eight months, with the institutions commencing instructing SSC and HSSC students.
Sources said that just over 50 per cent of the total number of SSC and HSSC students attended schools on Saturday, with urban schools receiving still lesser percentage of students.
Schools in cities like Panaji, Margao, Mapusa, Vasco and Ponda experienced a very low attendance of students. It is however expected that the number of students attending the classes will increase from November 23 onwards.
There are a total of 394 secondary schools in Goa, while 112 higher secondary institutions in the state.
This year, there are between 22,000 and 23,000 students studying in Class X, while the number of students studying in Class XII is between 19,000 and 20,000.
Although some school buses were operational, most of the students who attended the schools came by their own vehicles.
As most of the syllabus of the two standards has been completed through the online mode, the schools are intending to start the practical classes for students, besides undertaking guidance exercise for them as well as solving their difficulties.
The government has already issued standard operating procedures to these educational institutions, which include wearing of masks, social distancing, temperature checking, sanitisation and disinfecting of the school premises and so on.
Although the SOPs permit only 12 students in a classroom, many of the schools allowed more than dozen students in the classes due to the limitations as regards classrooms and teachers.
Some of the schools, which have large number of SSC and HSSC students, have decided to call the students in a staggered manner on alternate days.