While 50 percent of the parents whose children are studying in various government schools have given their consent to send them back to the school, only 25 percent of the parents whose children are studying in private schools are in favour of opening the schools.
“We are giving preference to the students who do not have access to the internet or smartphones. Online classes will continue to be run for those not attending the schools,” Preety, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary school, Sector 47D, Chandigarh said.
Parents of several private schools in Delhi are in no mood to send their children to school. Since the decision on students going back to schools depend on the consent of their parents, the Directorate of Education asked schools to ascertain the views of parents through Google Forms as advised by the central government. The response has been a resounding “No”.
It is worth mentioning here that only 10 students have been allowed to attend a particular class where the classroom size is small and large classrooms can accommodate only 15 students. Various government schools opened in Chandigarh and Haryana on Monday. Nearly 25,000 students are keen to attend the classes in slots of 10 of 15 depending on the size of the classroom. Students say that they were missing their classmates from the last 5 months. However, the joy of attending a class together will be limited as only 10 or 15 students have been allowed to attend the class in one session.
Meanwhile, a majority of students avoided schools in Punjab on Monday and only the school staff reached the schools as the parents did not give written consent. The number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state client to 95529 besides 2757 deaths. The neighbouring Himachal Pradesh government is also hesitating to open the schools as the infections continue to worry the state government. The government has asked 50 percent of the teaching and non-teaching staff to attend the schools to facilitate guidance and other responsibilities.
Thousands of unpaid mid-day meal workers, school bus drivers and conductors besides others have been awaiting the opening of the junior classes at school.
The schools have been instructed to ensure thermal screening at the entry points in schools.
The principals were directed to take all precautionary measures, including physical distancing, use of face masks, frequent hand-washing, provision for safe and clean drinking water and sanitisation of schools.
The schools have further been directed to prohibit all activities and events that can lead to overcrowding. The final decision about the date and the plan for reopening will be decided by the competent authority.
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