|Schools all set to resume classes, parents worried|
MANGALDAI, Sept 20 - After more than six months, Darrang district is all set to resume classes for secondary-level students following all COVID-19 health protocols.
The district administration has already denotified the COVID Care Centres functioning in schools and carried out sanitization drives in advance. COVID (RT-PCR) tests were conducted on more than 5,000 teachers of government-run primary and secondary schools, out of the total 6,442 teachers. The remaining teachers, who are at present outside the district, have also assured to undergo COVID-19 tests before joining service.
Talking to this newspaper, District Elementary Education Officer and Inspector of Schools (in charge) Dr Jowahira Tabassom said, “Preparations are complete to reopen 151 schools having secondary standard students. The district administration has denotified all the 11 COVID Care Centres operating in government-run schools, which was followed by sanitization of the school campuses.”
COVID-19 tests have also been conducted on cooks and helpers of the schools. However, the resumption of classes depends upon the wishes of the students and their parents, she said.
UDALGURI: Even as the government has decided to reopen schools, parents and guardians are worried to send their wards for classes, especially after the government said the students will have to produce consent letters from parents to the school authorities in which the parents would be made responsible in the event of any unpleasant situation.
“We don’t have resources to make our children COVID-proof to send them to school, and the government too will not take any responsibility as per the recent instruction. How can we think of sending them towards uncertainty?” a worried guardian asked.
“No doubt we are worried over the fact that without classes in schools, learning will not be perfect. The online classes have proved meaningless as there are many students whose guardians can’t afford smartphones for their children. But we are quite confused on sending our children to schools from September 21,” another guardian said.
Some students, however, felt happy to know that they would go to school after six months. Students of Higher Secondary first year who have neither seen their schools or colleges nor their teachers till date, are a happy lot.
“We are thrilled to attend classes from September 21. We should be careful and must maintain all health norms during our presence in class,” said Nikita, an HS first year student. “Of course, my parents are worried to send me to class, but I feel relaxed and determined to attend classes while maintaining social distance,” said Binita, another HS first year student.
Most of HS sections in the schools here are crowded with an average 120-150 students. If all students come to classes, it might pose a challenge to the health situation, some guardians said.