In lieu of declining Covid cases in the capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has announced the reopening of schools and universities. Schools have been ordered to reopen in a phased manner.
From February 7, classes for students from 9th-12th classes will take place physically. Nursery to 8th classes will be reopened from February 14th, subject to SOP.
City spidey talked to parents and teachers and here it is what they feel about the new guidelines. Many parents felt unsafe sending their kids to school. As per government guidelines, vaccines for 12-14 years of children will be out from March. Parents of children below this age group are not in favour of the recently announced guidelines by DDMA.
Pankaj Gupta, father of two children who are in class 11th and pre-primary opines “I do not feel it is safe for our children to visit schools right now. There are 15-20 days left for the present session to get over. Their only motive is to collect school fees.”
While discussing the alternatives, he demanded online classes to be continued.
Nitin Gupta who has a child in class 4th said, “I do not think a kid of 4th class is mature enough to understand and follow all the covid appropriate rules properly. School transportation can also not follow social distancing and ultimately it will increase the chances of infection.”
He added “I feel the government has hurried up while taking the decision and they must rethink it. As children are very sensitive as vaccination has not started for them."
Anuranjani, mother of a 5 years old boy opines “Being a mother I would not allow my kid to visit the school before getting full vaccination. I hope schools will continue to give online classes and will understand the situation of children.”
She added, “When my kid goes out with me I am there to take care of his health and watch for his precautions. Kids will not be safe in the school as there is no one to look after the whole class.”
A few parents also support the decision of reopening of schools.
Jasvinder Kaur, a teacher from a school situated in South Delhi opines, “Students should now visit the school if they can go out for outings and enjoy themselves. Kids are now aware of the ongoing situation and can the necessary precautions.”
According to Jasvinder, all the teachers should get vaccinated, to stop the spread of the virus. Children from senior classes should also follow Covid appropriate protocols.
Deepika Mahajan, a teacher from a school in West Delhi said “To contain the spread of virus all the teachers should be vaccinated. Not only teachers but it should be compulsory for parents too. The school is concerned about the students below 14 years whose vaccination is yet not out. I've just got free from parents and teacher meetings and parents are not ready to send their kids to school.”
While talking about the possible solution she opines “I do not think school will reopen for little ones so early. They can invite students on an odd-even basis, half the strength on one day, half school on other days or students should come once in a week.”