Most parents, especially primary and secondary school students, are reluctant to send their wards. They are not prepared to take risks as the incidence of Covid-1 cases continues and the vaccine for children has not yet been found.
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The risk of their children getting covid infection may prompt most parents not to send them to physical classes immediately but to wait a few weeks before making a decision. The state government has decided to reopen all educational institutions from KG to PG across the state from Monday 1st September. The decision was taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in a meeting with Education Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy and senior officials.
Health department officials said in their report that the cowardly situation in the state is under control, with the chief minister announcing that all educational institutions, including Anganwari, would be reopened.
Education department officials told the meeting that students, especially school children, were under stress due to the continued closure of educational institutions and the impact could be felt in their future.
With this in mind and after studying all aspects and taking everyone’s opinion, the Chief Minister decided that all educational institutions should be reopened with precautionary measures.
Some states, including Andhra Pradesh, have already opened schools. The neighboring state opened the school a week ago.
However, on the day the Telangana government decided to reopen all educational institutions, four students from a government school in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh tested positive for Kovid-1 for in a random sample test conducted on Monday. Some students of government schools in Guntur and Prakasham districts also tested positive for Kovid after the school opened in the state on August 1st.
The Telangana government’s decision to open all educational institutions has drawn criticism from parents. “Instead of opening all the institutions at once, the government should have announced this in phases. Schools above class VIII should be reopened first and if all goes well, physical classes for others can be resumed,” said P. Mohan Reddy, whose son is from Hyderabad. Fifth grade students in private schools.
Parents recalled that the school was closed within days of reopening in February due to lack of proper planning.
The state’s educational institutions reopened in February this year after an interval of about 11 months. However, due to the second wave of Covid-1 cases, they were closed on March 24.
Media reports warn parents about possible third-wave play in parents’ minds. “Experts did not rule out a third wave. There have been reports that children could be most affected by the third wave. How can we take risks in such a situation,” said Syed Ashfaq, whose three children are in primary and secondary schools.
Although parents agree that the continued closure of schools is affecting the mental health of children, they want to wait some more time to see how the epidemic situation develops before making a decision.
“There is still no vaccine for children. If they are fully vaccinated, parents may be ready to send them, but many are unwilling at the moment,” said Ayesha Fatima, a private school teacher.
He noted that when Class 7 and then Class reopened in February, attendance was only 25-30 percent.
Lack of clarity about online classes has also left parents hesitant. While announcing the reopening of all educational institutions, the government did not specify whether online classes would run for students whose parents were not ready to send them for physical classes.
Most parents are of the opinion that the government should continue online classes until the epidemic threat is completely eliminated.
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