Parents reluctant to send children to schools in September
In view of the reports that the government is considering the possibility of reopening all the schools from next month, several parents expressed their disagreement with the idea of sending their children back to the schools amid the increasing positive cases of Covid-19. All the schools have been closed in the State for over five months now and the schools are providing online classes to students since then. There have also been a few complaints and issues occasionally between some schools and parents about online classes. However, most of the parents still do not want to take any risk of contagion by sending their children to schools with hundreds of other students and teachers. Swati Prajapati, a homemaker said, “The online classes currently conducted by most of the schools are just a formality rather than a genuine intention of teaching students. The school management wants parents to pay and they teach our children through the means like Whatsapp, YouTube and Zoom for fulfilling a formality. The children are learning nothing in these sessions but they have definitely started to have headaches, neck and eye issues by sitting several hours in front of the computer screen. I obviously prefer physical student-teacher interaction in a class but considering the increasing rate of Covid-19 patients and their deaths in the State, I will not send my children to school. At least not until the government introduces a vaccine for citizens.”
Moreover, some parents also stated that they will consider sending their children to schools after they are made aware of the management of classes post Covid-19 crisis. However, the uncertainty regarding the reopening of schools has left the management of several schools in uncertainty too.
According to the president of Principals Progressive Schools’ Association (PPSA), Prem Kashyap, the management of schools will comment about their strategy to reopen schools on the basis of the guidelines issued by the government and before that, nothing concrete can be stated. The administrative officer of Saint Thomas College school, Amit Singh said that it would not be possible to run the schools in the current scenario without coordination among parents, school and the government. He said that besides the school management, the government will also have to take certain responsibilities because there are thousands of kids enrolled in a school and if something happens despite taking every possible precaution against Covid-19 contagion, the school alone should not be held responsible. Though, he added, the schools will be able to take any decision and make plans to manage students and their studies in the school campus only after the government issues the guidelines.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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