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Schools Might Reopen After August, Says HRD Minister - Parents shocked, want it further delayed
[Published on: 08.06.2020]

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As HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal revealed that schools would reopen after August, parents are mostly shocked at the idea and want it further delayed till Covid-19 is no more a danger.
  • HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal revealed in a recent interview that schools might reopen after August but even though the delay was a welcome move considering that the previous school reopening date was presumed to be in July, the news didnt sit well with parents.
  • India now has the fifth-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, and the numbers are still rising. On June 7, India reported the highest single-day spike of 9,971 Covid-19 cases. There were 287 deaths in the span of just 24 hours.
  • India has around 33 crore students. No parent would want to risk the lives of their children in such a situation as a Coronavirus vaccine is still not available.

Parents outright refuse to send kids to school in August

  • We spoke to a few parents and found them hands-down refusing to send their kids to school till the Coronavirus situation has completely blown over.
  • "When schools claim they are doing a good job via virtual learning, why not continue it for the rest of the academic year?" she adds.
  • "Well, the government can take their own decision but as a parent, I am not going to send my kid to school till the situation cools down," says Vivek Kushwaha.
  • "It's stupidity to re-open school because kids cannot properly follow the precautions. They can maintain social distance in class but what about in front of school gate, buses etc.?" the father adds.
  • As Lockdown 5 began from June 5, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has spiked and people are not following almost any of the safety guidelines in the non-containment zones.
  • "In India, after June 1, we can very well see how mockingly adults are adhering to the Covid guidelines in our respective cities, so what should we expect from kids?" states Pramod Maurya.
  • "As a parent, I am of the stern view that the government in no way should allow schools to reopen at least up to 8th class," he adds.
  • "I am not in favour of sending kids to school unless Delhi and Gautam Buddh Nagar has zero cases. Cant compromise in the safety of kids as we dont know the areas from which other kids, as well as the supporting staff, are coming, says Milan Chaturvedi.
  • "The younger kids will not be able to take care of themselves. If its possible it should be only for kids of higher classes like 9, 10,11, 12," he adds.

HRD Minister says schools to reopen after August

  • After weeks of confusion from students, teachers and parents, the HRD minister shed more light on the matter of schools reopening as he said in a June 3 interview that while the government was trying to declare all the results of pending and upcoming exams of this session by August 15, schools would reopen after August.
  • As per reports around two weeks ago, it was thought that schools and colleges would reopen in July with 30% attendance and with younger students till class 8 remaining at home.
  • But the Ministry refuted the claims and noted that nothing was finalized yet about schools reopening.
  • Safety guidelines would be compulsory whenever schools reopen. Thus, while UGC was deciding on safety guidelines for reopening colleges and universities, NCERT was doing the same work for schools.
  • These reportedly include masks and gloves, thermal scanners, social distancing in classrooms, and CCTVs to ensure that all safety rules were being followed.
  • But for parents, these wouldnt be enough as putting ones own child in the path of danger would be unthinkable for most.

Parents start online petition against decision to open schools in July

  • Parents all over the country were startled by the reports of schools likely to reopen in July as at that time, lockdown 4.0 was still on and very few services were available.
  • In Karnataka, a petition on Change.Org titled, No Schools until Zero Covid Case in the State or until Vaccines are out has so far secured more than 5 lakh signatures online.
  • Opening of schools in July will be the worst decision by the Government. Its insane. Its like playing with fire when we ought to douse it with full force. The parents should fight against this stupidity with tooth n nail, not a single child be sent to the schools for their own safety, the online petition stated.
  • On Wednesday, Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar had to take to social media to clear the air. He said that opinions from parents and stakeholders were being sought on re-opening of schools in the state and that no hasty decisions would be taken.
  • As Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia mulled the reopening of schools it met with grave resistance from parents in the capital city as well.he Haryana government is also planning to reopen schools from July 1 which is not met in agreement by parents.
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What parents and others are saying on Twitter against schools reopening news

  • While some parents are relieved that at least the schools reopening date wouldnt come as soon as in July, most parents were aghast at the very idea of putting their children at light risk by sending them to school during a pandemic.
  • Though the CBSE and ICSE/ISC board exams, and even JEE and NEET are scheduled for July amidst strict safety guidelines, regularly attending schools would definitely increase the risk of Covid-19 to a great extent.
  • Some people are calling for JEE and NEET to be postponed further in light of the rising Covid-19 cases.

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