After the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March to contain the spread of the virus, since then all schools and colleges remained shut throughout the country. Even though the government has announced certain relaxations but not allowed for the reopening of schools and colleges.
Recently, the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD) has asked various states and union territories to seek feedback from parents of students on the reopening of the schools.
In a circular issued On July 17 by The Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD) asking states and union territories for seeking parent’s feedback on a likely period on when they will be comfortable with reopening of schools- August, September or October?
The Department of School Education and Literacy, which falls under HRD Ministry, in a circular has also asked for the expectations of parents from schools once they will reopen.
According to the circular issued, by July 20 the education secretaries of all states and union territories have to generate and reply with the feedback.
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Feedback on Various Points
In the circular issued it is written, “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 HRD ministry has asked for feedback on the following points:
- What is the likely period when they will be comfortable with the reopening of schools —August / September / October 2020?
- What are the parents’ expectations from Schools — as and when they reopen?
- Any other feedback/remarks in this regard.
Other Measures are taken by the Ministry
The coronavirus pandemic has affected education badly and in the view of it, the HRD Ministry has been continuously evaluating and updating guidelines for educational institutes.
The HRD ministry has asked for online education instead of classroom teaching to compensate the loss of learning hours, and various schools are also doing the same but issues/concerns were raised by the parents for conducting online classes- as it has increased children’s screen time and in revert last week the ministry had issued guidelines for online classes by schools and also recommended a cap on duration.
Even the government, in the first week of July, decided to slash the school syllabus up to 30 percent for students of classes 9 to 12.