The deadly coronavirus infection is now once again spreading rapidly in the country, creating havoc in the minds of one and all, and forcing the Government on rethinking their earlier decisions.
In the last few months, looking forward to the downward curve in Covid-19 cases and high rate of recoveries, both the Central and State government had made certain relaxations in lockdown norms for the people and the major decision was re-opening of schools, in view to minimalize the difficulties arisen in the education sector due to the unprecedented pandemic.
But at present, the scenario seems to be different as parents are scared of allowing their children to go to school and prefer online classes, looking at the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Therefore, in a fresh order around ten states of India who had passed orders on re-opening of schools in a ‘graded’ manner have once again taken a U-turn on their decision after a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
In Haryana, after more than 200 students have been found corona infected, all government and private schools have decided not to hold classes till November 30. Also, students are refrained from visiting the school for counselling as well as teachers have been asked to conduct online studies from home.
Schools in Maharashtra were allowed to reopen in a phased manner from 23 November. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Friday that all schools under its jurisdiction would remain closed till 31 December in view of the growing coronavirus cases.
Similarly, the Karnataka Government is postponing its decision to reopen schools in the state. On Friday, the state education minister, S Suresh Kumar, also said that Karnataka had not yet come to any decision to reopen the schools.
He said, “We have gathered enough information to have complete meetings with various stakeholders, including parents. Some of them are in favour of reopening and some have strongly opposed it, so we have yet to reopen the schools.”
In Gujarat, the state Government has cancelled its decision to reopen schools from 23 November in view of the increasing coronavirus cases. The state government has now informed that the decision to reopen the schools will be taken only after analysing the COVID-19 crisis in Gujarat.
Like Gujarat, the Tamil Nadu government has also taken a U-turn on its decision to reopen schools amid growing cases of COVID-19. The state Government has said that it will once again analyse the situation in Tamil Nadu before taking a final decision on reopening the schools.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy said, “The reopening of schools has been postponed for now. The order to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12 has been withdrawn from November 16. Final year students and research scholars in classes will be allowed to attend and stay in hostels. “
While, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier said that the schools in the national capital will not be reopened.
In Uttarakhand, the state government had allowed schools to reopen for 10th and 12th grades from November 2, noting that all COVID-19 protocols would have to be followed.
Like Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh also allowed schools to reopen from 2 November, with classes on alternate days for students.
Assam had given permission to reopen the schools from 2 November. The State government had stated that “schools will follow the Odd-Even system to reduce the risk of coronavirus outbreaks”.
“Not all students will come to the schools at one time and they will attend the schools in different batches in the morning and afternoon shifts. The first batch and the second batch of students will be decided by the head of the institution. But most probably the first batch of students will arrive at 8 am and will remain till 12 noon and the second batch of students will arrive at 12.30 pm and will remain till 3.30 pm,” read the official order of the Assam government.
Looking forward to the situation in Uttar Pradesh, schools from class 9th to 12th have been reopened in a hierarchical manner.
According to the state government, students are allowed to attend their school with the consent of the parent. Schools across the country were closed from March 25 in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. However, they were allowed to reopen in a hierarchical manner.