SCHOOL RECOMMENCEMENT IN INDIA AFTER COVID-19
School reopening in India is one of the most debatable issues because it is the matter of life and death of innocent children. No one knows when the schools will be reopening. Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that physical reopening of schools will not take place till everything gets back to normal or at their minimal cases . An online poll by Local Circles found that 37% of parents want to send their children to school only 21 days after there are no new cases in their districts, while another 36% say it should be three weeks after no new cases in the State or country. In fact, 13% do not want schools to restart until a vaccine is developed. There are an estimated 25 crore school children in 15 lakh Indian schools who all have been at home since classes stopped across the country from March 16th .The Central Board of Secondary Education has largely left the decision on how to proceed to its affiliated schools, but has promised a syllabus reduction.
It was the Tamil Nadu High and Higher Secondary School Graduate Teachers Association that successfully filed a court case against holding Class 10 board examinations in the State. The nationwide lockdown has closed over 1.5 million schools and impacted 24 crore students across India. COVID-19 has made educators and policymakers to choose between the education and health of children.
The ability to reopen schools shall also depend greatly on the ability to rapidly test and isolate infected students. The pandemic risks not only the education but also the health and well-being of our children.