Reopen schools or face stir: Haryana private bodies

Reopen schools or face stir: Haryana private bodies

Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 20

The Private School Welfare Association (PSWA) will launch a campaign to reopen schools. The association opined that the decision to keep schools shut when all other activities are going on as usual is irrational.

Ram Avtar Sharma, state president of the PSWA, said that they would start a campaign from January 24 in all the districts of the state by submitting a memorandum in the name of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar through the Deputy Commissioners in respective districts.

Will start Campaign

  • The Private School Welfare Association will start a campaign from January 24 in all the districts
  • It will submit a memorandum in the name of the CM through the DCs
  • The next day, it will submit a memorandum to the MLAs and MPs

Next day, they would submit a memorandum to the MLAs and MPs of respective segments, he said. The association had already raised the demand with the CM and higher education authorities.

Sharma said that the campaign ‘Shiksha Bachao, School Kholo’ is being launched to save the future of the children from being ruined. “We are getting the support of parents and students on the issue,” he said.

Sharma said that children, parents, teachers and school operators were not in agreement with the decision to keep schools closed from January 1.

“Students have already suffered a lot in terms of studies due to the lockdown during the first and second wave of Covid. It will be grave injustice to them if offline classes are not conducted further. Online studies have proved disastrous for studies and students,” he said.

The association president said that international organisations like World Bank and UNICEF have clearly stated that there is no basis for keeping schools closed indefinitely.

“The situation was quite different during the lockdown. But now, when other activities are going on as usual except schools, how are children safe by staying at home? Children can infect each other by playing in the street, during visits to markets and other public places. Since a large number of children between the ages of 15 and 18 have also been vaccinated, it is not a wise decision to keep schools closed,” he maintained.

Kuldeep, a Hisar resident, maintained that it has become clear from the reports of World Bank and experts and other facts that by closing schools, we are only pushing our children towards a bleak future. “Majority of students have lost interest in studies due to the lockdown. Online system is ineffective for school-level students,” he stated.

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