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Various States and Various Dates for Reopening of Schools

Reopening of schools seems to have become the hot topic of discussion all over the world, and all over India as well. When will our children get back into classrooms and what is life going to be life after this pandemic and in the future when our children will be in a whole new world shaped by our current reality of lock downs and economic crashes? It is hard to tell. Yet, educate we must. Our children necessarily have to get back into classrooms and learn the things that will help them take on the new normal.

So far, when it comes to the reopening of schools in India, we have reported a number of strategies put forth by states like Maharashtra with a plea for staggered attendance, and Bengal with its ruling of waiting until the end of August to take a call. Further, states like Assam have delayed the academic session by a year and Haryana is wondering what higher education is going to look like! South Indian states have been toying with the idea of reopening schools as well. Yet, are we ready? Are we truly ready in the face of the unexpected visit of the dreaded COVID 19 virus that has cast a shadow on everything from the economy to the state of education? Rajasthan and MP are still debating what is to be done!

What else can we expect from an unexpected guest, problems and sudden attack on our lives? The lockdown has critically affected half of the world and it has certainly impacted the educational sector the most is the educational sector. Every student is in an eerie position at the moment hanging in the middle of their dreams and this deadly pandemic. The world has come to a halt and students all over the world have been affected the most.

In fact in India, the HRD minister has approached the parents to ask for suggestions regarding the reopening of schools. Education is the social institution through which society provides its members with important knowledge, including basic facts, job skills, and cultural norms values. One of the most important benefits of education is that it improves personal lives and helps society to run smoothly. And currently, it is at stake. But can we overcome this situation? I think we did, the Indian education system has shifted to virtual learning and in turn, it has helped the students immensely. The dates of school reopening have been slipping from the past 3 months. The government is trying its level best to open up the schools as soon as there is any sort of relaxation noticed.

As the coronavirus cases continued to rise in the country and many states have this week extended lockdown in the wake of the pandemic, private and government schools in a number states will remain closed till July 31.

It has been around two months since schools closed in more than 190 countries, affecting 1.57 billion children and youth – 90% of the world’s student population. Closures happened in quick succession as a measure to contain the Covid-19 virus. Just as speedily, governments deployed measures for learning to continue through platforms, television and radio in what has been the most far-reaching experiment in the history of education. But when it comes to reopening schools, the tempo is far more uncertain. According to UNESCO data, 100 countries have not yet announced a date for schools to reopen, 65 have plans for partial or full reopening, while 32 will end the academic year online. For 890 million students, however, the school calendar has never been so undefined.

Schools and colleges will reopen across India after August 2020, most probably after August 15, said Union HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal. Notably, all educational institutions have been shut since mid-March, some of them from March 25 when the nationwide lockdown started to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in the letter, “Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said some time ago that we have to learn to live with coronavirus. So it would be better to open schools with proper safety measures.” but the safety measures also require a lot of revenue as well as full dedication. Students might not follow all rules and regulations which might lead to long term problems.  Even if one child gets affected it might lead to a huge massacre. Since it is a deadly virus it can affect a lot of people and acts as a major loss to the whole country.

The government is planning to reopen schools across the country after August 15, sources in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said, adding that the reopening will be subject to the situation of the coronavirus crisis at the time. Schools and colleges across the country have been closed since March 16, when the centre announced nationwide lockdown.

The education system is highly hampered due to the outbreak of coronavirus, but online learning has thankfully taken that very place. Online learning has developed and opened a digital gateway to the technological world without letting the COVID-19 hamper the education system.

Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life differently. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. In fact, yes education and moral ethics are the only two pillars of success.

The ministry of human resource development has taken many initiatives in regard to starting an educational institution all over again. All states were sent a letter so as to attain response to corona cases and also to understand the mentality of the parents in regard to reopening of schools.

Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said state-run schools are slated to reopen after June 30. Private educational institutes are free to follow this schedule or they may go by their own timetable. When schools reopen, the way classroom learning used to happen so far is going to change, HRD School Education Secretary Anita Karwal said on Friday asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic has put the focus on the quality of digital education which was postponed so far.

About Netra Sawhney

Netra Sawhney is a young and upcoming writer who is at her best when she is writing for education and financial topics. She is an And All blogger who also regularly writes and reads up on financial issues for millennials!

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