- Many state governments announced the reopening of schools in the first week of August
- Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan schools to open either on August 1 or August 2
There is a sense of optimism after a prolonged period of despair as state governments across India have issued notifications to reopen schools. From Himachal Pradesh to Tamil Nadu, Haryana to Odisha, the respective state governments have moved ahead with the decision to reopen schools thanks to the rapidly falling covid-19 cases across India.
Many states have decided to reopen by the end of July and most by the second week of August. While states such as Haryana announced the reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 from July 16, it has come with a rider- with permission of their parents. In the case of Gujarat, the government decided to reopen schools for class 12 students and colleges for undergraduate and postgraduate students from July 15.
In the case of Uttarakhand, Classes for students 6-12 would be starting from August 1. In the neighbouring state of Punjab, the state government decided to reopen schools for Classes 10 to 12 from July 26 as it further relaxed Covid curbs.
In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, a high-level meeting chaired by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy the decision to reopen schools has been taken from August 16. In the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh schools are reopening from August 2 for classes 10 and 12. The decision was taken following a state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The pressure to open schools has been growing from several quarters with several surveys and studies pointing out to the loss of learning due to online teaching. While, online education has its advantages, experts opine that there can be no substitute to a teacher in a traditional classroom.
Chhattisgarh Schools are all set to reopen from August 2, 2021 onward. However, the state government has decided to reopen schools in phased manner. The schools will resume its offline classes only for Class 10 and 12 students. On the other hand, the decision on reopening schools for Classes 1 to 5 and Class 8 students in rural areas can be taken by the Village Panchayats.
The Odisha government on July 18 decided to reopen schools for classes 10 and 12 from July 26. The Tamil Nadu government is yet to take a decision but has allowed teachers to schools. The Telangana Government is also to take a decision but sources say that the government is keen to open the schools from mid-August.
Rajasthan will reopen from August 2, the school education minister Govind Singh Dotasra tweeted. However, there was no mention of the classes for which the reopening has been announced. The Bihar government has announced the physical reopening of schools for the students of classes 1 to 10 from next month. The state education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary has informed that the physical classes for the students of class 1 to 10 will resume from the second week of August 2021.