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New Delhi: More than half the states and union territories, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, are still undecided about reopening schools, with Covid-19 caseload continuing to increase in the country.

But Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka, among others, have said they are ready to reopen schools between August and September.

The states and UTs gave their responses with regard to reopening of schools during a meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) last week.

Officials in the MHRD, however, said these responses are part of an internal discussion to check the preparedness and “no final decision has been taken so far”.

Educational institutions across the country have been shut since March in the wake of the pandemic and now the government has begun the process of consulting with states and other stakeholders on how and when schools can be reopened.


Also read: Over 70% parents want schools to reopen only after 21 days of zero Covid cases: Survey


Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh want to open in August

On 15 July, a meeting via video conference was held with representatives of all states and UTs. During the meeting, more than half the states and UTs said they have not taken any decision so far on when to reopen schools, while some others left it to the central government, according to a document compiling the responses.

The document, a copy of which is with ThePrint, stated that Assam and Puducherry are ready to reopen schools after 31 July. 

Delhi preferred to do the same in August, and so did Haryana and Chandigarh. Both Haryana and Chandigarh said they will be ready to reopen schools after 15 August.

Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala gave a September schedule.

More than half the states and UTs, including Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Goa and Chhattisgarh, said they haven’t taken any decision so far. Jammu and Kashmir, meanwhile, left it to the central government to decide, the document stated.

‘No decision has been arrived at’

A senior ministry official told ThePrint: “The HRD ministry is collecting information continuously from various quarters. Since no decision has been arrived at, no interpretation can be taken out of the state responses.”

As reported by ThePrint, the HRD ministry has been seeking parents’ opinions on when to reopen schools this year.

The ministry had last Friday written to all states, asking them to get parents’ feedback on when they want schools to reopen. The ministry in its letter gave three options — August, September and October. 

The consultations are a part of the process of formulation of school reopening guidelines that the ministry is working on. They are also consulting the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the guidelines.


Also read: Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?


 

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  1. Pls reopen school teacher Jo education dete aur desh Ka Acha future dete hai aaj berojkar hokar gum rahe hai.aur covid 19 ki bajah se student street to veg aur fruit as and collect the garwage.ese banega desh Ka future

  2. Please open the school and college .it is very difficult to take online classes continuously 4 hours . You can open educational institutions through phases manner likewise as we suggested to reopening of school September 1 and this process will end in November .we are ready to this decision taken by state government . We will follow all the precaution that would be prevailing by our respective government . please I request to government reopen school . Because cases we will not stop .It will be increase day by day . You are just harm the future of the innocent Although they cannot go outside for taking tution classes .so how will they understand their syllabus and how will they study . Have you think about that .
    So please open the all educational institutions slightly ….

    To thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. Please open the school and college .it is very difficult to take online classes continuously 4 hours . You can open educational institutions through phases manner likewise as we suggested to reopening of school September 1 and this process will end in November .we are ready to this decision taken by status . We will follow all the precaution that would be prevailing by our respective government . please I request to government reopen school . Because cases we will not stop .It will be increase day by day . You are just harm the future of the innocent Although they cannot go outside for taking tution classes .Do how will they understand their syllabus and how will they study . Have you think about that .
    So please open the all educational institutions slightly ….

    To thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. Please reopen the schools for 10,12 because these classes are board classes and that is final exams will taken bye government in any situation atleast reopen schools in morning and evening sessions for our future nd one problem is that there is no tuition classes available in anywhwe

  5. I don’t agree because if any person affected by this virus it is dangerous so please don’t reopen the school.It is very Difficult to handle the situation. So take a right descion in which all can BE HAPPY AND SAFE

  6. School are not open in this year because now onwards in delhi the COVID case is low but after school start the COVID case will be increase

  7. Please don’t do that. I think it’s not a good idea. Educational institutions should remain closed until the situation normalise. Especially in Kerala state. Please take that into consideration. Don’t risk the lives of our children. Please.

  8. Please don’t do that. I think it’s not a good idea. Educational institutions should remain closed until the situation normalise. Especially in Kerala state. Please take that into consideration. Don’t risk the lives of our children. Please.

  9. Open the colleges that have hostel campus attached .With all the precatioons and rules .Because science students are facing more difficulties as they are not able to perform any experiments at home.
    And yes main reason is all wants a good and happy environment to stay healthy and happy.
    When everything is open then the academic institutions is only place that is more prone to corona ???

  10. School will not open till the medicine not arrived. In every school thousands of students are studied in which a single student get infected with him many of studenya get trap in this and we know only temporary medicine is available who can rest it not permanent care it. So school will not open befote the medicine prepared.

  11. You students are saying to reopen schools. But I totally disagree. What happens if any student or staff starts getting infected then y’all blame the govt. and the authorities for not fulfilling their responsibilities. Take hold for sometime before the situation gets well. You’ll not die studying at homes. At least thank GOD that you’re alive. After the pandemic being alive for 6 months ain’t no joke. So thank GOD we’re all alive because it’s HIS will. Get use to change.

  12. Please all students, you are saying to reopen schools. But I totally disagree. What happens if a student gets infected then y’all will blame the government and authorities for not fulfilling their responsibilities. Take hold for sometime after situation gets well.
    Y’all are safe at home because it’s God’s will, so be patient for the vaccine. You’ll not die studying at home, thank God at least we’re alive.

  13. Please please open the schools colleges with all safety measures like classes should be held in two shift, etc…. Onlines classes is of no use…. Students will be mentally challenged.

  14. Please please please reopen. We’re paying lacs of fees per semester and the worst part we are paying rent for our empty room for past four months. So please reopen. Govt should admit it that they’re useless they can’t do anything. Do you really think situation is going to get better in December or January? No it’s not it’s only gonna get worse. There’s no reason to keep colleges closed and we’re paying money fizool me

  15. Please reopen the schools as soon as possible. for me schools should be reopen in August coz I’m in 12ths class Nd I want spend the time with my friends or teachers. I’m mentally disturbed in my home. So please reopen the schools it’s my humble request from the govt.

  16. Reopen University and College now is right time Because Students Ready to Handle the Situation Plz reopen University And college .if it is not open .plz reopen it is good time to reopen

  17. Yes school should be reopen in august .because most student and his career is going to be destroyed if now it will be late .so government should be fastly decided to reopen higher class school from class 9th

  18. I think govt should reopen the schools atleast for 10 11 and 12 coz sitting in one room and attending d classes almost for whole day will put them in lot of health n mental issues in d long run. Moreover 90% schools r govt so kids in these schools will b at loss as they can’t afford online classes. Jst a suggestion if they can manage in an even and odd number basis.

  19. I am a student of class 12 I think school should be reopen as we are getting classes online but its not sufficient we need a interaction between our teacher that we are not able with the online class I think only class 10 and 12 should be allowed to go school as it is an important year of study for them

  20. Please please please please please please please please………………………….😎😼😍🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏reopen schools as soon as possible.. Children are not able to study in homes. I think children may not be affected by Corona but surely will be affected by mental illness.

  21. Please reopen school from August …
    For higher classes firstly for 11 and 12 ..and then after few days , for 9 and 10 ……

    Start educational institutions, in august ….
    Not from sep , oct , nov ..because it was total loss of thiss year for the students .so start in august…

  22. Schools should be reopen only for class 10th and 12th so that they will be able to learn and understand more easily because in online classes their are so many issues,e.g.- not able to understand, callings and noice at home, network issues etc. And schools must have full security, schools must be fully senitized

  23. Schools should be reopen so that students can get the quality of education….at home they are not able to do anything even many students are not attending online classes and some of them don’t have the internet access so it’s my kind request to the government to open the schools as soon as possible so that the students will not face any problem

  24. Schools and colleges should open in August with strict guidelines and limited timing. This generation should know to cope with the pandemic situation as a part and parcel of their lives. Keeping them at home for indefinite time will not serve any purpose. So schools should open as early as possible.

  25. Why only Class X and XII?Basics are equally important in all classes.How will teacher conduct classes where the number of student is 80 or above? Exposing only class X and XII teachers to risk is unjustified. The comfort zones of teachers in Art,Physical Education is very questionable.Only focus is on Science or Maths Teaching 😁……

  26. Plz open the school bcz covid controlimg progrqmes failed by goverment and we sould make covid as genral virus but not novel virus bcz there is only 2% chances to die

  27. Plz open the school bcz covid controlimg progrqmes failed by goverment and we sould make covid as genral virus but not novel virus bcz there is only 2% chances to die

  28. Honourable Education Minister,

    Sir I just want you to reopen school for class 10th and 12th. Sir it’s my request please please. Sir we don’t know how much this pandemic will be with us. But sir this year it’s our board and we want to study. Sir, people are thinking that online classes are going on but they are not beneficial even 10% . We are unable to learn from online class and our it effects our eyes also very much. Sir teachers and children’s know well what’s the ground reality of online classes. Teacher are also unable to teach well and we are also unable to get the matter. Sir please reopen school for higher classes with rules and regulations . We student promise you that we will follow every rules, guidelines and regulations. Sir at last I request you once more. Please please please reopen school for higher classes with guidelines.

    I don’t know whether you will get this message or not but I pray to God that this message could reach to you…. Please don’t ignore please.

    Please reopen the school…. U don’t how much stress and burden we have on us of our study…. U think that online classes are very beneficial but it’s not…. It’s just the formality done by the government to satisfy everyone…. We know…

    Thank You

  29. Schools should be open when all r vaccinated. It’s very difficult to maintain hygiene in school. There is no way to keep a check on staff and students. Once covid 19 cases triggers its difficult to control

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