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.”
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