Despite repeated red flags from health experts and parents across the state, Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh government took a call to reopen the schools which drew flak from all prisms.
Despite the government’s assertion that no student will be forced to come to school, there have been numerous complaints from parents on school authorities forcing the students to attend classes.
Despite protocols like classes being held in shifts, social distancing, proper sanitisation of premises, instructions to wear full sleeves shirts and pants, teachers raised concerns over students paying no attention to these norms.
Tension ran high in districts like Chittoor, Kurnool and Krishna with hundreds of teachers and students testing positive with less than three days after the schools reopened.
It can be noted that Chittoor alone registered over 150 corona positive cases in government teachers’ community. At least 120 students of classes 9 and 10 and 25 teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Kurnool district.
Confirming the same the district authorities stated that they have been conducting the testing drive in all the schools in regular intervals including the private institutes.
Meanwhile, several parents remained reluctant to get their children tested and are willing to send their kids to schools only after vaccination starts.
Things turned difficult for teachers as several students were attending the school without facemasks and sanitisers. Moreover, students and teachers are reportedly finding it very difficult to wear a mask continuously for more than an hour in the classroom.
Rounding it off, 90 per cent of the parents and teachers are opting for online classes but there are parents who even agreed that if students of classes 9 and 10 lose an entire year then the impact on their future.