While the reopening of schools continued to be the most-debatable topic in the political circles, schools in Andhra Pradesh on Monday reopened for the first time ever since the pandemic broke in the country.
Amidst the corona scare and uncertainty amongst the school authorities and parents, higher classes students of 9th and 10th were scheduled classes form November 2nd.
It can be noted that after almost seven months of lockdown, the state governments have given permission to reopen the schools with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As per the guidelines issued, students of classes 9 to 12 were allowed for the classes held in shifts all necessary protocols including social distancing and proper sanitisation of premises.
In the first shift, classes for 9 and 10 standards will be held and classes 11 and 12 standards will be held in the second shift. 50 per cent of the students should be called in every class on one day and the remaining 50 per cent the next day. Students must wear masks and gloves. With this, they should also wear full sleeves shirts and pants.
However, the online class will continue along with offline, and no student will be forced to come to school. The state governments have reportedly come up with a new academic plan while the syllabus was reportedly reduced by one-fourth.
Shocking the parents and educationalists, Jagan-led state government on Saturday reaffirmed its decision of reopening the schools and colleges across the state from November 2. In an order issued by the CMO, the state government said that schools for classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 will commence from Nov 2 and classes 6, 7 and 8 will start from November 23.
While the state government continue to remain mum over the on-going debate, parents and school authorities raised concerns over the decision. According to the fresh surveys carried out followed by the state government’s decision, at least 71% of the parents are not ready to send children to schools and are happy with online classes.
This came close on the heels of state government opposing the idea of holding local body elections owing to the pandemic and boycotting the All-Party meeting called by APSEC. Governments of Uttarakhand and Assam, as well, gave permissions to the schools to reopen.