State Governments differ on the decision to reopen schools from 21st September!
The central government has now granted permission to reopen the schools that remained closed due to the lockdown enforced as a preventive measure against the raging coronavirus pandemic.
In detail, the central government has allowed students to conduct classes from 9th to 12th Standard only.
Both states, however, are not looking at this problem from the same perspective! Just as the extent / impact of the raging coronavirus pandemic differs from state to state, parents from different states often give different views on this question!
As far as Tamil Nadu’s state is concerned, there is no confusion on this issue – Tamil Nadu State Minister for School Education. K. A. Sengottaiyan claimed categorically that only after the raging coronavirus pandemic is tested and brought under complete control can the idea of reopening schools be taken up!
So far, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh State Governments have also contemplated nothing on this issue!
However, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Uttarkhand, Andhra, and Jharkhand states are making plans to reopen schools for 9th to 12th Grades students.
Regarding the State of Kerala, it is learned that a decision will be taken on the cabinet meeting on 16 September on the issue of reopening schools. State academics have emphasised the need to reopen schools as soon as possible! Also, the academicians are categorical that online cases never complement school classes.
Karnataka State Government has agreed to issue special school reopening guidelines.
In Andhra, there is already a severe examination of whether teachers can be required to attend duty every day and whether the regular routine working period could be restored OR to engage particular teachers on specific days for specific subjects.
Telangana and Maharashtra states have so far taken no decision on this issue! They didn’t even start analysing the situation. It was told that reopening must be focused on improving the corona crisis.
There are no proposals for reopening schools in Odisha State, too! The government directed all schools and universities to remain closed until Durga Pooja
As for Delhi, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had vowed last month that the schools would not be reopened until the corona crisis was brought under total control when the parents met directly with the Chief Minister and asked to let the schools close. In Delhi, the situation hasn’t changed. Parents also oppose reopening schools.
Regarding Rajasthan State, there was no official announcement on this. It’s learned that parents / teachers oppose reopening schools in September.
As for Haryana State, a trial was undertaken by opening 2 government schools to conduct 10th to 12th Standards classes.