Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 19 (BPNS)
After the Kerala government announced on Saturday that it would reopen schools for classes I to VII and Classes IX to XII from November 1 and classes for VIII and IX reopening from November 15, parents and teachers are confused about the decision.
While several parents have welcomed the decision and most feel that the bonhomie and social life of the students would be back once schools are reopened, a large number of parents are doubtful as to whether the students would adhere to the Covid -19 protocols including social distancing and wearing of masks.
Smitha Nair, Chinnakkada, Kollam whose daughter is in Xth standard at a government-aided school in Kollam while speaking to BPNS said, “ The government reopening the schools have brought me mixed feelings. On the one hand, I am happy that my daughter will be able to interact with her classmates and teachers physically, on another angle I am worried as to how much secure are our children in going to school. As the pandemic is still evolving with both the scientific community and medical doctors not clear whether a third wave is coming up, it is to be seen whether I will send my girl to school or continue with the online classes.”
The state government will allow students to continue in online classes as well but the finer points on the school reopening and the modus operandi to be carried out in schools would be finalized in a high-level meeting of teachers, parents and higher officials of the education department to be attended by the Chief Minister, Education Minister, and Health minister. The date of the same would be finalized on Monday.
Several school managements have welcomed the decision of the state government.
Indira Rajan, President, CBSE school managements of Kerala, while speaking to BPNS said, “We welcome the state government decision and we have one and half months to prepare for cleaning and maintaining the schools to welcome children. I think this is a good decision and children would be happy enough to reach classes and attend it physically.”
The medical fraternity is also supportive of the government’s decision. IMA leader Dr. Sulfi while speaking to media persons at Thiruvananthapuram said that reopening of schools is a good decision and added that the IMA welcomes the decision.
Sajith. C. Warrier, teacher of St Josephs High School, Kozhikode while speaking to BPNS said, “The reopening of schools is a good decision but before that teachers have to be inoculated by the time schools are opened. Children will benefit from the reopening of schools.”
Meanwhile, Kerala education minister, N. Sivankutty while speaking to media persons at the state capital said that schools would be conducted in shifts.
He said, “ The state education department has commenced preparations for the reopening of schools. Classes would be conducted in shifts. Government will make alternate arrangements for those schools that don’t have school buses.”