It sounds bizarre. With all the scientific data available and resources of research at its command, the Government is asking parents for re-opening of schools even as the country sees a massive surge in Covid-19 positive cases.
Seeking feedback on reopening of schools, the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD) has released circular asking states and union territories to ask parents about their expectations.
The circular was sent by the Department of School Education and Literacy, which falls under the HRD Ministry and also sought to know the expectations of parents from schools once they reopen.
In this regard, the education secretaries of all states and union territories have been directed to revert with the feedback by July 20.
“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:
i. What is the likely period when they will be comfortable with reopening of schools —August / September / October 2020
ii. What are the parents’ expectations from Schools — as and when they reopen?
iii. Any other feedback/remarks in this regard,” the circular from the HRD ministry said.
All educational institutions across India have been shut since the announcement of nationwide lockdown on March 24 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Recently, the government slashed the school syllabus by up to 30 percent for students of classes 9 to 12.