Source: Indian Express
Schools in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts, which recently reopened physical classroom learning, between July 1 and July 6 have shut down abiding by the orders of Union HRD Ministry that schools across the country will remain shut till July 31st.
A total of 167 schools in Gadchiroli and over 50 in Chandrapur had resumed classes for students of classes IX, X, and XII after the state school education department issued guidelines on June 15 for the physical reopening of schools.
The guidelines permitted the district administrations to reopen schools for senior classes from July in regions that have not witnessed Covid-19 cases for at least a month. The school management committees, along with local administration, were to decide whether schools should be physically reopened.
“We shut the schools from Monday after we received an order from the collector asking us to comply with MHA directives. Cases in Gadchiroli are also increasing after CRPF men were found Covid-19 positive. In Gadchiroli, online education is not possible due to issues with mobile networks… Many teachers are visiting villages and conducting classes in open spaces,” said education officer Rajkumar Nikam.
“We will again make a plan for the coming days. We feel that knowledge must reach students, especially since there is no case of Covid-19 in our area. Parents and students are also interested in classes being held,” said headmaster Balu Bhoyar.
According to you, was the decision of reopening of schools rational even if there are no cases for a month? It is already informed that covid-19 can be asymptomatic, so how are we supposed to judge whether a area is covid free or not untill and unless everyone gets tested? The topic is debatable and deserves much attention.