Parents are annoyed with some schools’ irregular online classes and their insistence on offline classes without any government order. A prominent school has stopped online classes for three days after verbally ‘offline-only’ messages during e-classes. Online classes are starting again from Saturday after opposition from parents.
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When TOI contacted Nitin Saxena, DEO Bhopal, with specific instances, he reiterated that there was no order from the state government to stop online classes. The father of a child studying in a girls’ school said that he was shocked when the online class suddenly stopped. “They sent a message this evening that online classes will resume. I do not understand why schools are creating such confusion. They should continue both online and offline classes and parents should decide to send their children,” he said.
Parents say some schools are conducting online classes as they wish. “They sometimes manage online and sometimes they don’t. My daughter doesn’t take classes offline. She’s so confused that she can’t focus. I paid the full fee but the school insisted I send her for offline classes.” Said another guardian, Amrita Sisodia.
One parent asked the district administration to clarify that there were no instructions to close online classes. “How can schools decide to unilaterally close online classes when there is no instruction from the state government? Schools are taking the name of the government and there was no such instruction,” said Abni Ghosh, a parent.
When TOI contacted these schools, they all blamed ‘technical problems’.
DEO Saxena said: “The state government has not issued any directive to stop online classes. If any school does this, the school education department will investigate. The department has not yet reviewed the situation to make a final decision,” said DEO Saxena.
Very few parents have decided to meet with the school headmaster next week about this. “We cannot send our children before they are vaccinated. We will talk to the principal and object to forcing the children to be sent to class offline,” said a parent named Binit Upadhyay.
That said, there are indeed a number of schools that are conducting education both seamlessly offline and online, leaving parents to pick up the call.
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