Noida: District Development Resident Welfare Association, Gautam Budh Nagar (DDRWA) has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh requesting to discontinue the offline classes of children below 12 years of age, who have not been vaccinated.
The schools in Noida have made offline classes compulsory. However, due to the increasing cases of Covid-19, parents are worried and hesitant to send their children to school.
DD RWA has requested the CM of UP to issue necessary guidelines. Moreover, they suggest that the students should have the option of both online and offline classes. As per the parents, the summer vacation will start soon and the school can restart its offline classes after the vacations.
CitySpidey talked to the parents of Noida to understand their concerns.
Rajeev Kumar, a parent and a resident of Noida says,
“We can not expose our children directly to the virus. Now, the cases are again increasing rapidly and I am afraid to send my daughter to school. Due to this, the studies of he kids are getting affected.”
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Another parent, Sonal Jain, says,
“It is very difficult for us to send our kid to the schools in this drastic situation. My daughter is 9 years old and she is not vaccinated yet. I don’t want to send my daughter to the school in the scenario of rising Covid cases.”
Somegh Kulshrestha, another parent and resident of Noida Sector 51 says,
“We have to protect our kids in this situation. In other countries, children below the age of 12 are vaccinated. However, that hasn't happened in India yet. I am in support of online classes.”
However, Aakriti Mittal, another parent, is of a different opinion.
She says, “Everyone has their own opinion but I want to send my daughter to the school. While she goes to malls, markets and trips with us, so why not school? Due to the Covi, children have lost their tendency to walk or to play outdoor games, I think that is not good. I know that the situation is not good but I do not want to make my child to miss out on essential experiences of childhood. Schools should adopt a hybrid system of online and offline classes.”