Srinagar, June 2: With authorities intending to reopen schools in mid-June across Jammu and Kashmir, parents have filed an online petition against any such move.
Parents have opposed reopening of schools anywhere across the country unless the COVID-19 situation improves or a vaccine becomes available.
“Opening of schools in July will be the worst decision by the government. It’s like playing with fire when we ought to douse it with full force. The current academic session should continue in e-learning mode,” the petition reads.
“If the schools claim that they are doing a good job via virtual learning, then why not continue it for the rest of the academic year,” it says.
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of a slew of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Later, the government announced a nationwide lockdown which began on March 25. The lockdown was initially imposed for a 21-day period till April 14. But, it was later extended till May 31.
The government on Saturday announced phase-wise easing of restrictions, while the lockdown will continue in containment zones till June 30.
It’s in place to mention here that Directors of school education Kashmir and Jammu have been directed to make available the safety items in government schools.
Director Finance has written to Director School Education Kashmir and Jammu: “As Government intends to re-open schools in mid of June 2020. I am directed to convey to ensure safety measures in all Govt schools to arrest spread of Coronavirus to students and staff therein. In this connection necessary instructions may be circulated to heads of all government schools to provide a pair of reusable masks and a pair of hand gloves to every student and ensure availability of one thousand (1000) ml bulk hand sanitizes and 1200 ml liquid soap with disperser at entry point to each Government school. Expenditure on this account shall be debited to Samagra Grants released to all institutions for day to day expenses.”