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MHRD seeks parents’ opinion on when to reopen schools — August, September or October

In a letter to education secretaries of all states, HRD ministry has also sought parents' feedback on the measures they expect in schools when they reopen.

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New Delhi: With educational institutions indefinitely shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is now seeking parents’ opinions on when to reopen schools this year.

In a letter to education secretaries of all states Friday, the ministry directed them to get the feedback of parents on when they would want the schools to reopen and what changes they expect to be introduced in schools.

The letter, a copy of which has been accessed by ThePrint, asked secretaries to ascertain if parents will be comfortable with reopening schools in August, September or October.

“What is the likely period when they will be comfortable with reopening of schools — August/September/October, 2020 and what are the parents expectations from schools as and when they re-open,” read the letter.

The ministry asked the states to file their responses by 20 July.

The decision to reopen educational institutions will eventually be undertaken only after due permissions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), but the MHRD is taking this feedback so the process can be initiated.

The ministry is also in the process of finalising guidelines for schools to follow once they reopen. These include staggered attendance in schools and calling only senior students.


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Parents have been against reopening schools

Parents of schoolgoing children have been for some time opposing reopening of schools during the pandemic, with many starting online petitions against the move.

In June, a group called Parents Association started a petition saying reopening of schools during the time of pandemic will be like “playing with fire”.

A survey conducted in June by LocalCircles —a polling platform on issues of governance, public and consumer interest — revealed that 70 per cent parents want schools to reopen only 21 days after there are zero cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The study noted that many parents were unsure that norms of social distancing will be followed in schools once they reopen.

Schools across the country have been shut since March in the wake of the pandemic.

Most schools are imparting lessons through online classes.


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91 COMMENTS

  1. Please reopen school bcoz we r facing problem.
    We can’t understand very well on online classes nd plz reopen school

  2. Schools for 10th and 12th classes should be opened now. Students are facing problem in online classes. Please open schools in Haryana.

  3. The thought of reopening schools should come up only when the country has proper control on coronavirus that means there should be more care and improvement in health services.

    We can’t compare other countries with ours since they have the facilities and services for handling covid 19.

  4. OKAY , WE INFECTED MEANS OK BUT IN OUR HOME WE HAVE OLD AGE PEOPLE SO PLEASE DON’T OPEAN
    SCHOOLS AFTER GETTING VACCINE …

  5. Reopening school in these conditions will only create drama…and may also happen that Students get infected from corona…
    Who will take the responsibility if anything happens to children…
    Different ministers will come over different news channel and say “hume dukh hai iss incident se”and then what…. nothing…
    I am also requesting parents to take step forward…and prohibit reopening of school until and unless covid case become 0 ….
    Thank you….

  6. Our nation is undergoing a great challenge because of this covid pandemic .Opening schools at this time poses a great threat to the health of students . The collective opinion of parents is that until the last patient of corona is cured the schools and colleges must not be reopened. But it doesn’t mean the students should have a break in learning. Lakhs and lakhs of students are being taught through the online classes which are arranged by their schools and coaching institutions as per the rules . Let’s hope that the situation becomes normal by the discovery of any vaccines .
    #weshallovercome

  7. Opening schools at this time poses a great threat to the health of students . The collective opinion of parents is that until the last patient of corona is cured the schools and colleges must not be reopened. But it doesn’t mean the students should have a break in learning. Lakhs and lakhs of students are being taught through the online classes which are arranged by their schools and coaching institutions as per the rules . Let’s hope that the situation becomes normal either by the discovery of any vaccines or …..

  8. School should open in the month of August at least for 12th class students coz students of 12th class will going to face problems regarding their studies they can face depression at this time
    School should reopen Zonewise

    • You say school can’t open this year so can u tell me what do those students who hasn’t facilities for online classes. Those students who hasn’t available to attend online classes their future may will be end.

  9. As per the current situation, it is very uncertain to decide on such a sensitive issue. As a parent and teacher, I would not want my children to go to school until zero cases across the country are assured and a proper observation period has been conceptualised.
    No one has a right to decide the destiny of anyone’s child, family or life. It’s just fine to keep them home and follow the education online with MHRD GUIDELINES DATED 14.07.2020.

  10. As per the current situation, it is very uncertain to decide on such a sensitive issue. As a parent and teacher, I would not want my children to go to school until zero cases across the country are assured and a proper observation period has been conceptualised.
    No one has a right to decide the destiny of anyone’s child, family or life. It’s just fine to keep them home and follow the education online with MHRD GUIDELINES DATED 14.07.2020.

  11. School should open in August bcoz in online classes students r facing Soo much problem so many students are gone in depprresion nd strain school must be open in august

    • Yes you are right colleges should open in august bcz april se online class chl rhii hai or kuch bhii smz nhii aaya h khi net ruk jata h khi shor kii wjhe s nhi ho pata mere family wale itna pase khrch kr rahee hai prr phir bhii koii fyadaa nhii ho rhaa online class s knowledge kam stress depression jadaa hoi rhaa hai agr august m college nhii khulee naa too yee loggg bachooo koo jan much k depression m daal rahee h ham bhii jante h covid 19 haii ham ladnaa jantee h rules follow krne aate h hRD koo sbsee jadaa toi daruu kee thekee kholnee kii chinta h prr education k liyee koiii kuch nhii soch rhaa

      • Life is important than education and I believe it’s just like playing with fire . We can’t put our kids life in danger . I believe we should wait till the vaccine launch.

  12. The school and college should reopen after 15 August 2020 with precautions and new guidelines because there is totally difference between online education and physical attendance….we all are facing too much difficulties while studying online class..there is no any practical program under faculty….at least 1st,2nd,3rd year aspirants colleges as well as institutes will have to reopen after 15 August otherwise pura saal barbad hoga

  13. Opening school is like playing with fire …
    School shouldn’t reopen till vaccine reaches Indian market …
    And also if many experts are thinking that reopening school will help in hard immunity then just remember
    Students also live in families where old ones and young ones also live and also think of the no of beds you have in hospitals… Is it sufficient!!!

    • And you think their parents are immune to corona? If there parents go to work daily(90% of indian families) the probability of being infected is still the same.

    • Shut up no school will reopen until the vaccine is come. You know about the poor children. You only think about yourself not others just as leader do

  14. Sir Mid of August schools and colleges is reopen because online classes is not same as physical classes and so
    many students is not attend online classes so this is the future of students to re open and physical classes is to be going on and all the possible goods like mask , social distance is completely compulsory for students this all goods are give very best turning of school life

  15. Sir Mid of August schools and colleges is reopen because online classes is not same as physical classes and so
    many students is not attend online classes so this is the future of students to re open and physical classes is to be going on and all the possible goods like mask , senitizer , social distance is completely compulsory for students because this all goods are give very best turning of school life

  16. School reopen in August from 1 August because students will sucide some students have sucide so school is reopen compolsary nahi to bacchesucide kar lenge

  17. To go office, we are scared & on this sending kids to school is next to impossible.
    No school is fit to maintain toilets, wash basins, There are huge chances of Community Spread. Portions should be reduced & having no other choice OnLine classes should be promoted with Time limits. Unless we see a steep down ward graph, we cant take chances of our loved ones.

  18. School should be reopen in august but only for senior classes with proper guidelines and SOP’s. Because it’s all about mental health of the students. Students are feeling frustrated and depressed in this situation which is more dangarous than corona virus. Online classes can’t replace the physical classes and that environment. Physical classes makes student teacher interaction and student to student interaction very easier, which is very important to understanding of the student, also provides the positive attitude to the growing child.

  19. School should be allowed to reopen in the green zone where there is no cases of covid.But only for seniors students.The school area should be observed by administrator.And no foreign people should be allowed to enter that area.Its border should be sealed.school should be sanitized regularly.school management must be careful about social distancing.

  20. I think they can open on August because vaccine created and 99%of people affected can be cured and another thing we have to consider is that flu is more worse than corona because no one affected with flu survived during the pandemic situation but corona is slightly better.

  21. Please don’t waste children precious timings try to reopen schools as soon as possible with proper precautions for all kids

  22. School and colleges must be reopened in August Through online classes students can’t understand to much

  23. No school,collages shouldn’t be open until the vaccine is available among the masses if government open the schools it will be like playing with fire.

    IF THE MINISTERS WANTS TO OPEN THE SCHOOLS THEY SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THEY HAVE ALSO CHILDS

  24. I as an eleventh grade student agree to reopening the schools in mid aug or early sep, and as for parents who are disagreeing, i implore you to think about your childrens mental state right now, think beyond just their protectiveness, you cannot keep them in forever, you have no idea what four hours of online school, plus four hours of tuitions and other research online does to teenagers, you have no idea of the helplessness we fell being locked in for over 120 days. Going out may infect us, but sitting inside chew our brains and strains our eyes. Corona won’t kill us sitting at home, but feeling dead inside will one day. We as teenagers are not asking the govt to open the whole student body, we r asking you to slowly reopen high schools,
    ALL JOURNEYS BEGIN WITH A SINGLE STEP. its time adults understand that.

  25. Schools should open only after October 2020 if conditions are normal and we have proper vaccine….until can’t risk life of children when cases are rising to 40000+ cases everyday nowdays……they should not think of opening now at all

  26. See I know as a parent that education is also necessary but at such time of pandemic everyone should realise that many adults like us are being so cautious in taking decisions to go for work or not so the schools should not open right now ,it is no point that that the govt is trying to reduce the cases and suddenly schools open and the cases again jumps to the sky.The schools shall remain closed till the cases reduce at a very high rate and vaccine is ready and there should be mechanisms of cbse to mark the students on the bases of internal assessment this year for class 10 and 12 as this year have been very different and like in any other year the children are not ready with their revisions in the form of school assessments so there should not be so much burden on them.

  27. Is life not important? How can anyone even think reopening of schools ? Some children are saying that schools should open because they are afraid that they will not be able to make up this year no matter what happens to them because of covid 19. We as a senior mature responsible people have to think what is good for them . Are studies more important than life of any child? Just think about it.

    • No schools should not Reopen right now it is because it is very difficult to reopen schools in August 2020 school will reopen in Sap 2020 as soon as COVID-19 vaccine Comes in India schools can reopen

    • No schools should not Reopen right now it is because it is very difficult to reopen schools in August 2020 school will reopen in Sap 2020 as soon as COVID-19 vaccine Comes in India schools can reopen

  28. We should keep on eye on the situation. As the covid19 situation is worsening day by day in our country and in our state of West Bengal also. I think it is not the right time to think about resuming the school. However it may be taken into account after October. It is more precious of my kid’s life comparing one year of his education.

  29. School should be close upto vaccine are coming in market but entrance and board classes will be open

  30. When this situation of corona virus gone
    Then only I allow my child to go to school in my opinion as a parent

    • That’s a too good thing but at least people should not demand online classes let this year postpone, as a parent you people have this responsibility too that your child don’t suicide because of the heavy load of online classes. As a students I know how useless online classes are. We should ask government not to conduct the. And declare this year as zero academic year.

  31. Schools should not open until 0 cases observe. As our children are not for experiments.And all private schools should be under government control for everything. So that parents should not get humiliated by schools.Thankyou

  32. Reopening school in august is very bad idea its mean we play with fire safety of students is more important than study plz i requset to government don,t reopen school untill the vaccine realise

    • .online padho zada samaj ata hai school sai nahi unacedemy sai.school khulaiga 8hrs you will waste in school .from home you can study 12hrs .

  33. It would be better if schools get started because students are finding it so difficult to study through online classes. We request the government to take immediate measures in reopening the schools back again

  34. Yes school should be reopen in September just for only board class 10 and 12 with full precautions.

  35. The question of schools re-opening in August does not arise. The situation us extremely grim. Covid cases are on the rise

  36. Since till date although whole world’s doctors/scientists are trying to invent the vaccine but could not get the success I think we should not send our wards to school this year at all.
    As although we people are taking all precautions and working outside still infection is increasing like anything and we all are feeling at a high risk, how can we expect our small kids will be safe.
    I strongly feel unless we get some kind of vaccine like for polio or for othe pandemic we got in past which will ensure that CORONA will not affect us, schools must not open.

  37. During this pendamic We are not ready to reopen the schools till atlist September month after that depends on that Times situation. By-mr.Bidul kumar Gurung

  38. Reopen of schools are very riskful becouse of covid -19 pendamic, school should be reopen after vaccine of Corona virus.

  39. Parents of -Apsara Chhetri ‘xA’
    I don’t want schools to reopen now,I think we should wait till the situation becomes suttle.

    • Schools and kota institutes should be reopen in august for senior classes (I.e.9the to 12 Or for jee and neet preparing students ) and for junior classes students it should be in Oct/Nov(I.e 1 to 8the). I’m a neet preparing student and I pay a huge amount for offline classes 123000rs.If is it not possible to open kota institutes in august then institutes should have to refund our money by which we get addimitiom in next year.😥😥😥

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