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New Delhi: Parents are opposing the Ministry of Home Affairs’ suggestion that schools reopen in July.

An online petition on change.org, which has garnered over 2 lakh signatures by Monday morning, urges the government to not start school until there are “zero Covid cases”. The petition has described the idea of re-starting school as “playing with fire”. 

Started on Saturday by a group called Parents Association, the petition says, “Opening of schools in July will be the worst decision by the Govt. It’s insane. It’s like playing with fire when we ought to douse it with full force. The parents should fight against this stupidity with tooth n nail, not a single child to be sent to the schools for their own safety (sic).”   

The petition has called for the current academic session to continue in e-learning mode. “If the schools claim that they are doing a good job via virtual learning then why not continue it for the rest of the academic year,” it says.  

Parents have raised concerns about their children being exposed to Covid-19.  

“Children might not be conscious of sanitising hands or constantly maintaining physical distance, it is not a good idea to call them back to schools,” said Garima Taneja, a parent whose child goes to a school in Bengaluru.  

Some parents also said it will be acceptable to them if their children even lose an academic year.

“I don’t mind if my son has to miss a school year. My wife and I can homeschool him. I am more worried about him being exposed to infections when he goes back to school,” said Santosh Sharma, whose eight-year-old son goes to a private school in Delhi. 


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Decision on schools reopening in July

In its notification released Saturday, the MHA had said opening of schools and colleges will be possible in the second phase of lockdown relaxation. It, however, added that the decision “will be undertaken in July in consultation with states and union territories, who in the meantime, shall hold meetings at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders”.

“Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July, 2020,” the guidelines said. It added that the health ministry will prepare standard operating procedures (SOPs) for these institutions. 

Even as the Ministry of Human Resource Development has not announced the dates for opening of schools so far, it is ready with a plan. The plan is to call only older students to school, have staggered attendance and ensure social distancing norms. 

“The decision to re-open schools will only be taken after proper consultation with ministries of health and home affairs. Meanwhile, safety guidelines for children are being worked out,” a senior official in the ministry said. 


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  1. Govt should pass the students of class12 by seeing their marksheet of class 10….and govt should not increase the percentage of 80%above…less then 70% only the marks of the students whose percentage would be50% should only get grace…

  2. Till when are the students going to sit at home and be mentally and physically sick and depressed
    16-25 ages should be allowed to go to school and colleges as they have good immunity and are more prone to mental sickness caused by sitting at home
    No one knows till when covid is going to last better open institutions with necessary precautions

  3. I think that the govt. should cancel the whole session this year b’coz corona is breaking new records day by day. It would be very risky to reopen schools and colleges after taking a look on example that has shown by Israel and Korea. It would be impossible this year to hold the school’s session b’coz in India,this pandemic will take time to get over as it is the second largest country in terms of population. We have seen that how China is getting new cases of corona day by day. Therefore,my suggestion is to declare this year as a drop for every student b’coz HEALTH FIRST!!!

  4. Schools must also stop asking for fees. Most of the schools are demanding for full fees in place of only tuition fees in New Dehli . Govt. should also look into this matter and take immediate action..

  5. This year all students who has recently entered in 10th and 12th class are suffering because in online lecture videos are blur as all schools don’t have a proper setup. So I think if all school can setup a proper system then students will not face any problem. Can study from home. Until we can’t control cases of corona in India

  6. School , coaching institutions and even colleges shouldn’t be reopened till December to February as reopening will cause horrific situation all over the country as u can simply analyse from the current situation after unlock 1 and 2 in India ,the cases of covid-19 achieving new records day by day. No new norms in school, coaching institutes and colleges can’t prevent student interaction or maintaining social distancing anytime and if outbreak happens from these institutions, they’ll spread in bulks as nearly 35 crores of students are attached to educational system which would be impractical for govt. to control new cases and give health care to such large population. If delhi health minister who knows all the norms isn’t save from this virus then what’ll happen to the students. India can also take a glance over what was happened in Israel and Korea where school were reopened with various norms and with plethora of safety measures but on the next day, they had to close the schools. So India shouldn’t try this experiment of reopening. Nothing is more valuable than life. Govt. Should focus on how to expand his e-learning platform to wide population of students

  7. Sir, I will not send my son and daughter to school… Everything should come under control… It will take one year… Then I will send my children to school…

  8. People saying open colleges too … Well ya rich people will get into cars n go home .. n we ?
    Had to take buses where there are peoples who dont even understand about this virus is .. u never know wat ur taking home with .. having only one parent n risking their life … Dont let us be orphan.. request to government

  9. If students come school 15july so y teacher come to school 8june plz give safety to teachers first if teachers are healthy then all school in running….plz government give safety for teachers

  10. In our country adults donot follow rules so how can we expect children to do that. It will be a tragic decision if they open school now. We have live examples from Korea and Israel where they decided to open schools and immediately children teacher staffs got effected . Online learning should continue, assessment should be done via assignments. For villages With DD national collaboration teaching should be done. Utilise media in this, at least they will do something productive.Put CSR mandate on media to educate rural children.

  11. Please don’t open schools because childrens are not able to how to behave with school bus, school bus staffs, school van, other transport.

    Some children’s parents both father and mother are working they will face problems.

    Government has to take necessary steps on this issue because childrens are our country future.

  12. Please don’t open schools because childrens are not able to how to behave with school bus, school bus staffs, school van, other transport.

    Some children’s parents both father and mother are working they will face problems.

    Government has to take necessary steps on this issue because childrens are our country future.

  13. I think the schools should stick to the idea of online classes atleast for next 3-4 months.
    They did not take the exams when the number of cases were just 200 and now that the number of cases have raised to over 2 lakh they decide to conduct the exams. Now,this a level of foolishness.

  14. No need to open Schools until we get the vaccine on corona virus is completely cleared & Also no need to pay the salaries for government aided teachers If school reopens Cases will rise we will not be able to control Why is the Government playing with the lives of our future Generation ??
    Don’t pay salaries to govt aided school teachers until Covid 19 is completely cleared if school reopens specially in Mumbai Social Distancing is next to impossible in government aided schools Online education is also not possible as students come from low & weaker class Say No to Government salaries of aided school teachers save maharashtra from financial crisis Reduce retirement age of teachers to 50 years with immediate effect & Compulsory VRS above 50 years
    India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.
    If Government starts schools we will in top 3 position

  15. No need to open Schools until we get the vaccine on corona virus is completely cleared & Also no need to pay the salaries for government aided teachers If school reopens Cases will rise we will not be able to control Why is the Government playing with the lives of our future Generation ??
    Don’t pay salaries to govt aided school teachers until Covid 19 is completely cleared if school reopens specially in Mumbai Social Distancing is next to impossible in government aided schools Online education is also not possible as students come from low & weaker class Say No to Government salaries of aided school teachers save maharashtra from financial crisis Reduce retirement age of teachers to 50 years with immediate effect & Compulsory VRS above 50 years
    India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.
    If Government starts schools we will in top 3 position

  16. No need to open Schools until we get the vaccine on corona virus covid-19 is completely cleared & Also no need to pay the salaries for government aided school teachers If school reopens Cases will rise we will not be able to control Why is the Government playing with the lives of our future Generation ?? Don’t pay salaries to govt aided school teachers until Covid -19 is completely cleared if school reopens specially in Mumbai Social Distancing is next to impossible in government aided schools Online education is also not possible as students come from low & weaker class Say No to Government salaries of aided school teachers save maharashtra from financial crisis Reduce retirement age of teachers to 50 years with immediate effect & Compulsory VRS above 50 years.
    India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the COVID-19
    If Government starts schools we will in top 3 position

  17. Gujarat technological university decide to hold exam from 25 June and put 5 lakh students life on risk and they are not ready to hold online examination

  18. This is the most ridiculous idea to come from the government. Every where the schools are closed and when the cases are rising, Indian government thinks its safe. We have seen kids are not safe as virus can cause serious issues for children. In addition the seniors and people with comorbidities sharing the house with these kids will be at a bigger risk.

  19. No more drama guys!cancel the exams of whole schools and colleges ,leave people to enjoy in their houses …….

  20. Not to open school and college this is very rapid decision taken by govt my daughter is in BHU no of student come from all over india come to study in bhu so there is risk of life . When child live in hostel parents won’t be to live peacefullt at home they will just think about their children Being a parents we will oppose this

    • I strongly oppose about reopening of school. I am also a parent and teacher. I have few ideas how school could be opened, i don’t it works out. But please read my comments:

      1) Very important but difficult to implement is that ; one guardian/ parent must accompanied with individual student( especially from nursery to grade VII) and they have to be with child all the time even in classroom.
      2) Classes must be conducted in library or auditorium in batch wise and syllabus / chapters must be reduced. Each child must wear mask, gloves, if they feel irritated guardian/ parent let them take out for few minutes and come back to class.
      3) Any child if found sick due to some common cold and fever at the school entrance, school has to grant 1 month leave , online classes must be provided for these situation.
      4) Sanitizing and cleanliness must be done every day, i know it’s waste of money for private institution but it’s education and all the time they’ll tell service for the society. Let them do it!!

      Still any improvise in my ideas please join to fight with these situations.

  21. Not to open school and college this is very rapid decision taken by govt my daughter is in BHU no of student come from all over india come to study in bhu so there is risk of life . When child live in hostel parents won’t be to live peacefullt at home they will just think about their children so dont open college and schools take time . Being a parents we will oppose this

  22. Jab tak covid 19 ke zero case nahi hote ya india covid free nahi hota school open karna jaldbaji hogi koi bhi parents apne bacche ko aise kaise bhej sakte hain jab pata hai ki ye possible nahi hai govt ka action plan kya hai ye bataye mai apne bacche ko nahi bhej sakta aur .

  23. It’s impossible for us to send kids when the cases are increasing. Do you think kids can sit long hours with masks and keep breathing the same.

  24. We strongly oppose the reopening of school, whatever we guide them I don’t think this will ever work… Being educated grownups how many are following social distancing…people are acting so ignorant …thwy are not taking this serious at all inspite of hearing so much of covid cases… Where will the kids understand to keep up the seriousness of social distancing…after the situation has normalised it is wise to reopen

  25. Dear modi ji
    Please dont open school because children are not taken precautions against covid 19 no vaccine no school.

  26. As education is an important part of our life.Its not easy for us to educate our child through e-school method.Though the situation around us is very harmful ,if we want to government to open school in month of July according to HMA it will be like playing with fire with our child’s life. As far we can request our government to open school in the month say September or October till that time students will study with e school process.Lets hope till that time some remedy might come out to fight or prevent COVID 19. Even if school reopens in September or october I would rather suggest that student in higher class say from class 9 to 12 who are being preparing for board exam and they are well mature to maintain all norms to prevent themselves from the disease.Lastly I would like all of you to pray to God and pray to him to take us out of this horrifying situation.

  27. Guess whoever talking about reopening the schools don’t fear for their kids, as adults We can maintain social distancing and maintain hygiene and we understand what’s the crisis about , but how about kids how much ever u teach them still they are kids and can interact with others and several occasion if school starts and we can’t make them wash their hands and maintain masks always , as we are in modern age why not virtual classroom for this academic year ? This way parents need not undergo nightmares and feel safe . As a parent of 5yo I am ready not to send my kid even she losses a year .. Govt needs to take wise decision not regret later .

  28. It is not a good decision to open schools in July.our schools are distributing books for my 2 kids this week.And we parents will be teaching our kids this academic year.why to buy so heavy books unnecessarily.Also from school management side, they are never saying of any reduction of school fees this academic year.Online classes are beneficial for school.Not for kids.So,I have already decided not to send my kids to school for a year.I have started them homeschooling.

  29. It’s not good. I don’t like this decision. I like my child not Corona Virus. Children not understood social distance when they are in school and with their. First time in India
    virus came like corona according to children are not aware for corona virus. We can’t want to send my children to school.

  30. Modi ji,
    Please do not reopen schools till we reach Zero COVID case…till then please let online schools be continued

  31. The fat cats will sign petitions and homeschool their children. What will poor parents do. What happens to poor students missing a year. So if some cases persist even by the end of the year, should we shut for another year?

  32. No way it’s acceptable to open school. Let children get vaccine and then only school ,we can’t let them push to death for education knowingly. They are very innocent and lovable part of our life . How can a parent live peacefully sending child to school with life risk . Absolutely I can’t , Keep no attendence compulsion so that we can tutor them and allow to write final exam with utmost care

  33. Parents who is concerns over vaccines, and wants to send their children after the shots only. let them do that no matter vaccines comes within one year or 10years .They will take classes in their home. But those parents who concerns about class. Government please open the school for them.

  34. During Covid 19- Schools must be opened for the students as We cannot compromise with the future. it’s the duty of parents and teachers to tell them importance of physical distance . We must learn to survive with the Covid 19

    • Schools has mainly Destroy the future of Children’s.If you don’t compromise the future of Child.You must have to teach the importance of Education to Children’s.Please tell me,How many children’s in India have know the importance of Education.In their view,Education are basically Prepare for exams & Get good grades.

  35. Zero patient that’s impossible
    Education is most important now days online education is not better option for children

  36. We oppose to open school in this time because child are not well understood to follow instructions of COVID 19.

  37. It will be wise decision not to begin school for children till we find proper remedy for covid 19. No government has right to play with the life of any child.Studies can be done once we are out of covid danger.

  38. One has to move ahead.If parents wait for covid to end,then it’s meaningless.Be bold.Let the things resume normally under the guidelines of social distancing and so on.What government decides let’s welcome it.

    • Can you take risk with your child in this situation Chunnu? What do you mean by BE BOLD? Bold with what? With innocent kids by risking their life? Will government take responsibility if something fatal happens to them?

  39. MY son who is 10 years old feels very irritated to wear face mask for just 5 minutes, then how can he wear continuously for minimum 6 hours. I feel this applies to all kids, so please don’t start school till we get vaccination.

    • We don’t want children to come we just want senior students to join the school keep your child at home and don’t give this kind of petitions

  40. Plz modi ji.
    U have taken the right decision of opening school.plz I request u not to change this decision.as u said that we have to live with virus.its right to check weather we can live with this virus or not.we cant stay at home forever.we have to come out from our houses and work…totally support the decision of modi ji.

  41. I am the resident of Kashmir.i am not comfortable with online classes because it is less interactive.its very difficult in kashmir to use online platform for learning because of 2g
    net.i think govt of india has taken right decision of opening schools.

  42. Please open schools and coaching because there is a loss of many students in this year,so we have to open schools.

  43. They have to give a gap year. That is the beat solution. One day they open borders, the next day the seal them. One day they start travel the next stay they cancel.they don’t know what to do and they are opening schools. They already don’t have beds in hospitals they want us ti run around with our kids….??

  44. When parents are standing in front of liquor shops then they are playing with ice right 😂
    Okay suppose school are closed still most of u will be going to your companies for job or somewhere else and coming home then please stay away from your wife and your child bcz u have to protect them till vaccine comes or corona patients becomes 0 . parents don’t know what is the difference between onlony teaching and in person teaching .
    And some courses are there like mbbs can you make them doctor while teaching online??
    If you can then they will give you good treatment . Government should not listen to them and open school for 10and 12 and also colleges as they are mature enough to protect themselves

    • Looks like u r not a parent. You r an owner of tution class. They r having loss. So want schools to.open sad . A parent will be ok even if a loss for a yr for them life more imp.

  45. Well these people can’t understand that covid 19 won’t go so easily and your fear will make ur child illiterate.. just think about medical colleges.. the students in last year will be promoted like ur muddle head children and then u will get treated by doom heads who haven’t studied medicine during their last year.. some scared parents will lead to whole lot of worst scenario. And if they r literate enough they should understand this is a virus and won’t go easily same way vaccine won’t come out so fast..

    • Are u serious? Do u have kids ? School we r talking .social distancing not possible. Looks like you r a tutor or have a tution class. Only tution classes having loss they r the ones trying to open schools. If u ask a parent they will always say no as life more imp than career

  46. Oh my god the parents are willing to allow their children live under fear forever. Online, these elite parents are not bothered about poor school children who have no access to mobile, internet Or computer. Those parents who do not want children to go to school, let them keep the children at home, a system od even, shift etc can be put in place. And when will children learn to wear mask, maintain physical distancing, Hand washing. This is tight time to Improve school infrastructure. As for as online classes it is big joke.

  47. Dear Education Minister,
    Please don’t re-open schools but colleges can be opened because the students know all these what is happening in the world right now… Small kids don’t even know how to maintain social distancing, sanitise hands, etc…
    Students under thirteen should not be going to schools. Thank You.

    • I m a college student … Well ya theres no such things that there will be social distancing .. even if we do .. wat if the other one just comes close u suddenly !!! I love my only parent my mom n my sister at home .. one is a diabetic patient . If this virus comes along with me ? Who will take care of it .. if god forbiidd something happens to my small family ,where m i going to be .. similarly .. a kid at school , if not them bt parents suffers .. its going to be worst for ever kids studing .. we dont want any of them becoming orphan

  48. Dear Modi ji

    Pls dont allow schools to reopen till we get a vaccine. Kids cannot do social distancing or sanitization norms properly.

    We strongly highly recommend a strong NO to this decision.

  49. There will not be zero covid cases anytime soon, it will probably stay with us for years.
    We have to live with it.

  50. The Government must be smart & completely avoid this unnecessary minefield. There is no point in going to head to head with scared witless parents. Also this confrontation if it happens, will give lot of ammunition to jholwalaahs at Print, NDTV, India Today etc..to launch a fresh attack against government. Instead, Government should be smart. Just make attendance voluntary. If the child can clear the exam at the end of this year, she should be promoted. No attendance necessary. The only condition, tuition fees has to be paid (get teachers to provide basic online support to such children of scared parents). With this method, the government can defeat NDTV and its doomsayers, and permanant cribbers at Print in one go. I wonder though whether our over sanskaari HRD minister has the mojo to be smart instead of defiant.

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