Madhya Pradesh: Low turnout marks first day of schools reopening

Parents not ready to send children to schools amid corona.

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Friday, December 18, 2020, 11:31 PM IST

Poor turnout of students marked regular classes in schools that opened on Friday after March. | FPJ
Poor turnout of students marked regular classes in schools that opened on Friday after March. | FPJ

BHOPAL: Parents are still reluctant to send their children to schools that reopened for regular classes after a gap of about nine months. Most of the schools witnessed low turnout of students. Even parents didn’t turn up for Parent Teachers Meeting (PTM) in the government schools.

The missionary schools remained closed for regular classes but doubt clearing session was on. Prominent schools like St Joseph Co-ed School, St Xavier School, Campion School, Carmel Convent etc remained closed and will open from January 4.

Private schools like International Public School, Bal Bhawan School and others were open but witnessed few students that too only for doubt clearing sessions and some came to attend practical classes. Principal of Bal Bhawan School, Rajesh Sharma said that some students were coming to attend the practical sessions. Only ten students from class 10 and 12 came for classes on Friday.

Government schools were to start with the PTMs on Friday but most of the schools reported no parents or very few parents. Principal of a government school said that parents are still worried about rising cases of corona in the city and reluctant to send their children to school.

“Decision by the government has been taken without consulting the parents. We have been opposing the opening of the schools from the beginning. We cannot risk the lives of our children and family members- specially when doctors have warned that cases will increase in winters,” said Prabhod Pandya, convener of Palak Mahasangh.

It is not necessary that children will contract corona. Their immunity power is highly likely to save them but they could act as active careers and harm old members of the family, he added.

A delegation of parents Sanyukta Sangharsh Morcha met the collector and demanded to close the schools and continue with online studies. “All schools were closed when the number of corona cases in Bhopal was around 50 but today when about 200 cases are reported daily, schools have been opened,” argued Shamsul Hasan of the morcha.


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Published on: Friday, December 18, 2020, 11:31 PM IST