Gurugram, Oct. 16 -- Prince Panchal, a student of Class 9, was at the Model Government Senior Secondary School in sector 4/7 on Thursday, for the first time in almost two months, after switching over from a private school in Rajendra Park area.

Dressed immaculately in a uniform - white shirt and blue trousers - 15-year-old Panchal was one among many students who had come for regular classed that started at government schools from Thursday.

Panchal had hismother Krishna Devi, who recently lost her husband as well as her job during the lockdown phase, in tow. "It was getting difficult to pay the school fees. As we have limited sources of livelihood now, I had to shift my son to a government school so that he did not miss a year," said Devi...