The COVID-19 pandemic has been increasing at a rapid pace day-by-day across the nation. Despite imposing nation-wide lockdown for about 2 months, the Government couldn’t prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Due to the exponential increase in the COVID-19 active cases across the country, the Government is muddled whether to start the new academic session for schools or not.
The Department of School Education and Literacy, the segment of the Ministry of Human Resource Development wrote a letter to states and Union Territories to provide parents’ feedback on when to reopen the schools – August, September, or October 2020. The HRD Ministry has set a 3-day deadline for all the states to give the feedback of parents. By 20th July 2020, the education secretaries are expecting feedback from the parents of school students.
The letter reads, ‘I am directed to refer to the subject matter with a request to furnish feedback of parents of school-going children on the following points by 20.07.2020 (Monday) positively.’ The Ministry wants answers to two specific questions. One is ‘What is the likely period when they will be comfortable with reopening of schools — August/ September/ October 2020’ and the other one is ‘What are the parents’ expectations from schools as and when they reopen.’
One of the officials from the education department said that the letter was sent to different states on Friday via SMS, email and mobile calls to the secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy. On 29th June 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued unlock-2 instructions and directed all the schools, colleges, and other educational institutions to remain shut until 31st July 2020.
Previously, some of the parents raised their concerns regarding the schools organizing online classes. Due to the increased screen time of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools have been implementing the online classes instead of classroom teaching. Even, the ministry issued vital guidelines for conducting online classes to the students by corresponding schools.
On Tuesday, the ministry said that each session during online classes must be conducted for about 30 to 45 minutes for 1 to 8 classes. For the classes 9 to 12, a total of 4 sessions must be conducted that must be wrapped up in 30 to 45 minutes each. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates like digital classes, exams, results, and more.