“Send your children to school boldly. It will be another children’s home. Just as you would take care of them at home, we will take care of them in schools “, addressed on Thursday the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar.
The minister said that they had advanced the restart date between January 4 and January 1 and expected a turnout of at least 50% on the first day. “Teachers and SDMC are looking forward to welcoming children – with rangoli, flowers and a band in some cases,” he said.
“I asked the teachers to talk to the children on the first day. They’ll be back in a few months. They should be taught about the Covid protocol. This is not a matter of prestige for the government, but our commitment. As we conducted the SSLC and PUC exams, we are now seeking the cooperation of all departments – health, transportation, rural development and municipal corporations – to reopen schools, ”he said.
The decision to reopen grades 11 and 9 will be taken by January 15, says the minister
Students are eager to return to campus. For example, Vijay Kumar C, a 10th grade student at the government high school in Kalkere, East Bengaluru, told TOI: “It has been so boring all these months. There were online courses, but not interesting ones. One person will raise his hand and speak, while we will all just look ”.
However, agreements are plentiful. “Concerns about the new strain are worrying some schools. We will have to wait and follow the attendance rate, ”said D Sashi Kumar, secretary, Karnataka Association of Primary and Secondary School Leaders.
The parents are very worried
And the parents are worried. “Transportation is becoming a problem because we both work in the family. We cannot choose and leave our daughter every day, and public transport is not safe “, said a parent from South Bengaluru.
The fact that private schools have asked parents to take responsibility for their children’s safety has provoked resentment among parents.
The Minister said that a decision on the reopening of classes 11 and 9 will be taken by January 15, after careful monitoring of the situation and in accordance with the opinion of the Technical Advisory Committee.