On Friday, parents initiated a talk with Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad requesting her to schedule school reopening only after the COVID-19 vaccine is found. India Wide Parents Association, Maharashtra, submitted a comprehensive list of demands to Gaikwad.
“Our key demand is that the education department should not rush to reopen schools as it will be risky for children. Online learning can continue until COVID-19 vaccine is found. Parents won’t be in a position to send their children to school in the current scenario,” comments Anubha Sahai, president, India Wide Parents Association.
Besides giving opinions on school reopening, parents had also submitted a set of complaints about school authorities badgering them for full payments of fees.
“Several schools are asking parents to pay the same amount that they were charging earlier, despite the expenditure having reduced with schools remaining shut,” as stated in the letter.
Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena has also complained about the city schools threatening to ban children from online classes if parents fail to clear the dues. “They cannot deny the basic right of students as mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act,” comments Chetan Pednekar, vice-president, MNVS.
In Bengaluru, Parents Association has expressed disapproval of sending children to school unless government declares zero positive cases.
“If schools claim they are doing a good job via virtual learning, why not continue it for the rest of the academic year?” read the petition by Parents Association on Change.org.