School reopening news: As daily COVID cases are declining in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to prepare an action plan for the reopening of schools in the state. He also asked officials to begin the process for promoting students in basic, secondary, higher, and technical institutes. The Chief Minister gave these directives at the meeting of Team-9 attended by senior officials on Saturday.Also Read - Bihar Retired Teacher Demands Merger of His Village With Uttar Pradesh. Know Why

Earlier last month, Unaided Private School Association (UPSA) had written to Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, urging him to resume normal classes in a phased manner. “When gyms, malls, stadiums have been reopened then why not schools. Already, students’ education has suffered a lot during the two Covid waves. Now, when the cases have dropped the offline classes should be resumed,” Times of India had quoted UPSA president Anil Agarwal as saying. Also Read - Ramlila: With Covid Protocols in Focus, Noida Begins Preparations | Check Guidelines Here

Besides, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Chief of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had also advocated the staggered reopening of schools. Speaking to a leading portal, Guleria suggested that schools can be reopened in places where COVID cases are falling and positivity rates are less than 5 per cent. Also Read - This Jail Museum in Lucknow Showcases Mementos, Fetters of Freedom Struggle Heroes

“I am a proponent of opening up schools in a staggered way, for districts that are seeing less virus circulation”, he told India Today in an interview last month.

Yesterday, the Punjab government announced the reopening of schools for all classes with proper COVID-19 protocols from August 02. However, students are not happy with state government’s decision.”It’s a bad decision. We’re still unvaccinated and vulnerable to the disease. Without inoculation, government shouldn’t open the schools”, a student said.

Another student added, “Government should think about the safety of students. In online classes, it’s difficult to understand topics but safety can’t be compromised. COVID protocols should strictly be followed in schools. Students should be called in a staggered manner.”

Meanwhile, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is also expected to take a final decision regarding resumption of normal classes in a day or two. Earlier on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had sought feedback from stakeholders on schools reopening in the national capital.

Sisodia had invited stakeholders including parents and teachers and asked them to send their suggestions via email to the government on whether schools and colleges should re-open and in what manner. While several parents and teachers have shown their interest in reopening schools, some expressed apprehension over the safety of their wards.

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, schools have been shut in India since March 2020. Some states resumed normal classes after September 2020, but after an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases earlier this year, schools were forced to switch classes to the online mode. However, as cases recede, a few states announced that physical classes will resume from August.