There should come a time when this can happen: Government on reopening schools

We should also remember that in many countries schools reopened then outbreaks were reported and they had to shut them down again. We don't want to put our children and teachers in that situation, said NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 12:21 PM IST
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Government says more data needs to be considered before reopening schools | PTI

New Delhi: India has been witnessing a drop in fresh Covid cases over the last few weeks. Even as many states are unlocking, experts have warned about a third Covid wave, which is likely to hit the country soon.

Amid concerns that children may get affected by the new wave, NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul on Friday answered questions about the reopening of schools. "A lot of things need to be considered while deciding on the reopening schools. This is a question that keeps coming up," he told reporters.

Explaining that various factors need to be considered before taking the decision, he said: "As vaccination coverage widens, teachers get vaccinated, we change habits and implement social distancing in everyday lives... there should come a time when this can happen."

"But we should also remember that in many countries schools reopened then outbreaks were reported and they had to shut them down again. We don't want to put our children and teachers in that situation unless we have more confidence that the pandemic won't harm us. Discussion on reopening of schools remains a part of the larger discourse but information that sero prevalence remain equal among children will be useful data," he further added, suggesting that more data need to be considered.

Earlier this month, the CBSE board exams were cancelled for Class 12. "The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there will be no compromise on this aspect," read a statement from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, quoting him. On Friday, the CBSE said it is developing a system to assist schools in preparation of Class 12 results and asked schools to keep students' records ready.

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