By Malu Sharma
The J&K government on Monday said that it intended to reopen schools in mid-June and asked School Education Departments in Kashmir and Jammu to arrange safety items including masks and gloves for all students. In a statement issued by the Director Finance, School Education Department to Director School Education, Kashmir and Jammu it was informed that the Government intended to re-open schools in mid of June 2020 with directions to ensure safety measures in all government schools to arrest spread of coronavirus to students and staff therein. After the decision of Director Finance, School Education Department, parents spoke loud and clear against re-opening of schools on social media. There were many messages opposing the aforesaid decision on social media and other groups. Parents stated that schools should not be opened till there are zero COVID-19 cases in the UT or most preferably till a vaccine is developed for the disease. A petition also went viral on social media regarding it, signed by around by 2.13 lakh parents across the country, demanding schools and colleges to remain closed until situation of COVID-19 is normalised completely. With number of cases rising steadily in the country, parents are unwilling to send their kids to school and are opting for online classes. However, the announcement made yesterday rung alarm bells among parents who believe that the aforesaid move would be highly unsafe for children. Sahil Sharma, a parent, while talking to STATE TIMES said, “Opening of schools in mid-June will be the worst decision of the government and Education Department. It’s like playing with fire when we ought to douse it with full force. The current academic session should continue in e-learning mode. If the schools claim that they are doing a good job via virtual learning, then why not continue it for the rest of the academic year.” It is pertinent to mention here that the schools, colleges, coaching centres and other educational institutes were closed on March 16, even before India entered its first nationwide lockdown. Since then, the educational institutes are closed but learning continues by shifting to digital platforms. Nirvi Sharma, mother of a 10 years old girl child said, “At home, we can take several precautions but how we will ensure that our kids are safe in school? Lunch breaks, school buses, almost everywhere there will be fear. At this very crucial time when cases are rising sharply, it’s not a wise decision. I will not send my daughter to school in such situation.” Nirvi further added, “When the lockdown was announced, neither teachers nor students or parents were prepared for technological intervention but now in two months, some ground has been made and it can be smoothly pursued for few more months till situation becomes normal. No doubt due to 2G mobile internet service it is difficult for students to access online education easily, which we can manage but will not let our children go to schools in such crucial time.”
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