Center and states say schools will remain closed

Center and states say schools will remain closed

NEW DELHI: As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the country slowly with every passing day, the central and state governments have decided not to allow reopening of schools as of now. Experts have now predicted a third wave of the pandemic, however, many students, parents and guardian organizations want schools to be opened in places where the COVID-19 outbreak is under control.

Ashok Agarwal, president of the All India Parents Association, told IANS, “According to an estimate, around 30 per cent of the students studying in government schools have ‘dropped out’. We should not ignore the fact that the best and the best for the children. It is a safe place. School is. The closure of schools for a long time has given rise to social evils and other abuses like child labour, sexual harassment, diseases etc.

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“When all other economic activities have resumed during the lockdown, why can’t schools be opened. Delhi government should reopen schools with 50 per cent occupancy following the required COVID protocols. Schools if required The closures can be made at any time,” Agarwal said.

All India Parents Association, a nationwide organization of parents, told IANS: “All ration stores, vaccination centres, ration and food distribution centers should be shifted from Delhi government schools immediately. Schools for students should be shifted immediately. Should be reopened with effect. Twenty – five lakh students of Delhi alone are not able to avail the benefits of regular education since March 2020.”

According to a survey, more than 70 percent of parents in the country still do not want to send their children to school. These parents say that schools should not be opened until the situation of corona virus is completely under control in their area. At the same time 30 percent parents are ready to send their children to school.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that schools will remain closed in the national capital till the situation of COVID-19 normalises. However, the interaction between teachers and students using online and semi-online means will resume soon.

Parents of many students studying in Delhi government schools have demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to start online education for all classes. A parent, Vimlendra Singh said, “Teachers in government schools send recorded videos on mobile phones. Live online classes should be conducted between students and teachers. This will help in maintaining the bond between student and teacher.”

The Delhi government also believes that with the onset of the pandemic, there has been a huge loss to the studies of the students. This year, there is a need not only to bridge the learning gap of the children but also to give them emotional support. Students also need to be mentally prepared again for the process of teaching and learning.

While schools in Delhi are closed, some states adjoining the national capital are considering opening schools from July. The Union Education Ministry is currently appealing to be careful regarding the opening of schools. According to senior officials, the safety of the students should be ensured before opening the school, only then any steps can be taken towards resuming classes.

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