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December 2, 2020

The Chhattisgarh

Beyond The Region

How right is it to open school amid Corona epidemic?

Schools closed since March may open in a few days. But if schools open, then how many preparations are there to keep children safe among the viruses?

A new session of schools is about to start after the Corona epidemic in India. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had talked about the opening of schools in August, but so far no date has been revealed by many state governments. All the schools were closed as soon as the lockdown started in the month of March, amid which many examinations including 10th and 12th board exam were postponed which are still pending. Although still the number of Kovid infected people is continuously increasing in the country and now it has crossed six lakhs, but the country is currently in the ‘unlock’ phase by removing the lockdown.

The Central Government has issued several guidelines regarding opening of schools, in which there are some rules on things like social distancing and sanitization. Along with this, there has also been talk of keeping only 30-40 percent strength in schools. In big cities like Delhi and Mumbai, where the risk of infection is high, there may not be schools for a few months, then in some cities there is talk of opening schools in phases.

How ready are the schools?

Major Rajesh Ranjith, Principal of Surmount International School in Gorakhpur, says that according to him, the possibility of opening of schools by December this year seems unlikely. But if the schools open then big arrangements are being made in the school regarding social distancing. Their school has 30 to 40 children in one section, and to maintain a distance of 1 meter between all the children, they will have to divide the class into two sections, for this they will also have to see how many rooms are available. He says that many changes will be seen even in the provision of drinking water, including sanitization. But the final decision will be taken only when the date of opening of the school is revealed.

Pooja Bajaj, head of primary section at Manthan School in Greater Noida, says that her school is also constantly being cleaned, along with thermal screening and sanitizer stands have also been installed. Also, she is constantly talking to children and parents. But till the date of opening of the schools is not known and the guidelines are not received from the government, then it is difficult to say how many children can be called to school and how much preparation is needed for that.

Pooja Bajaj also believes that it is difficult to prevent children from wearing masks or keeping hands anywhere. In such a situation, having fewer children in the class is the only way to prevent infection, for which one must choose a way to keep changing between online and physical class.

Will parents send children to school?

The mother of 8-year-old Ayush studying in Manthan School, says that when many societies are sealed due to getting Kovid patients and children are not able to get out of the society itself, how will they go to school. Gunjan admits that even though cleanliness is being taken care of inside the school, children can be exposed to many kinds of dangers in reaching and coming back to school, and this is a big problem. Pallavi, the mother of two school going children, also says that until the cases of Kovid are completely over, it is not right for the children to go to school.

Buildings were sealed after Corona received positive cases in several societies in Noida and Greater Noida. It is clear that children are also troubled by such changes. Talked to some children studying in Manthan School and nearby Non International School, they say that they miss the school and would like to go back to school soon. Rashi studying in the sixth grade says that she would like to go to school better than studying at home, but she is aware of the danger of corona virus and is also a little scared.

Many families are affected

The number of children studying in school in India is 33 crore. 19.29 per cent of the total population of India are children between the ages of 6-14 who are legally entitled to education under the RTE. In a situation where coronavirus cases are constantly increasing and there is no news of vaccine coming in the market, parents are also worried before sending children to school but for many families, schools are not just a place to study, they There are more than that.