It has been more than four months since the government announced the closure of schools and schools due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Now students, their parents as well as teachers are eager to know when 'normal' classes will be started as COVID-19 cases have declined in some states including New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, and Mumbai. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had earlier said that the schools would open keeping in view the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Several parent unions have opposed the state government's move to reopen schools in the academic year 2020-21 because of security reasons for their wards. In a letter to the Human Resource Development Minister last month, the Delhi Guardian Association wrote, "The order to close all schools… was given on 16 March when the number of infected cases was in the hundreds." Now, it has crossed 10 lakh cases… In this situation, it is also a joke to consider the reopening of schools. "The parents' union also suggested conducting board exams next year.
States like Assam, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Goa are considering reopening schools in September. However, this would not mean restarting the previous system. During this, many rules will be taken care of.
The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to reopen the schools from 5 September. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials that they should be ready to reopen the school but the schools would be opened until the situation becomes normal. "
West Bengal is also looking at reopening schools and colleges from September 5, when Teachers' Day is celebrated. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that if the situation improves after August 31, they will reopen schools and colleges in September.
For Assam, re-opening can be done from 1 September. Goa is also expected to start a new academic session from September this year.
Meanwhile, after declining COVID-19 cases, other states including the national capital are expected to open schools and colleges later this year