Punjab schools open, but parents prefer online classes

Say can’t risk kids’ health amid possible third wave

Punjab schools open, but parents prefer online classes

Many parents have not given consent for physical classes. file

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 3

After remaining closed for a long time due to Covid-19 pandemic, schools in the state have now started opening for all classes.

However, large numbers of parents are still hesitant to send their kids to schools and many have not given consent for physical classes in view of a possible third wave. Taking no chances, private schools have asked parents to submit their consent in writing. Moreover, parents have to ensure that their children will wear masks, carry sanitiser and maintain social distance, but many parents still want their kids to continue studying online.

Their prime concern is that children have generally less resistance power and immunity and can face health problems if infected. However, it is learnt that more number of students are going to school in rural areas as compared to the urban areas.

The principal of a Bathinda school said: “We have received consent from around half of the parents for physical classes. We will start the school with 50 per cent strength. The online classes will also run parallel.”

Monika Garg, mother of Class VII boy, said: “Sending my child to school is a major risk as there are reports of a possible third wave. I have not given my consent for physical classes yet. I will wait for a few more months.”

Dr Vitul K Gupta, a health activist, said: “I strongly feel that schools must open with effective Covid-preventive measures. The closure of schools for long is adversely affecting students’ mental and physical health. If we can’t ensure strict compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour and mental healthcare, schools should remain closed.”

Tribune Shorts

Top Stories

Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief

Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief

Puts up his resignation letter on Twitter; I told you so, sa...

Razia Sultana resigns from Punjab Cabinet 'in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu'

Razia Sultana resigns from Punjab Cabinet 'in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu'

Comes hours after Sidhu steps down as PPCC chief

Inside track: What led to Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation

Inside track: What led to Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation

Reliable party sources attribute Sidhu’s resignation to five...

Navjot Singh Sidhu proves yet again he’s unstable, says Amarinder Singh

Navjot Singh Sidhu proves yet again he’s unstable, says Amarinder Singh

‘I’ve been saying all along that this man is dangerous’

Punjab portfolios announced; Randhawa gets home, Soni health, Mohindra local govt, Badal finance

Punjab portfolios announced; Randhawa gets home, Soni health, Mohindra local govt, Badal finance

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa gets Rural Development and Pancha...

Cities

View All