Parents divided on the reopening of schools, cautious authorities | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: While the authorities concerned are showing caution in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, parents seem divided on the reopening of schools, with some of their representatives wishing to resume offline lessons.
However, many parents are also not in favor of sending their students to school until the children are fully vaccinated. Punjab Schools Association Federation Chairman Jagjit Singh said: “Students and teachers hung ‘No School, No Vote’ signs outside their homes and wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, the Chief Minister, the State Government and the Department of Home Affairs and Justice”.
A student wrote in the letter to the Chief Minister that: “It is quite disheartening that the schools have been closed again based on orders issued by your department. My exams are due in March 2022 and I need physical interaction with the teacher to learn and understand the concepts. I see public transport on the roads, buses running at full capacity, markets open and political mega-rallys held frequently. Why only schools have to close?
Another student said, “We are deprived of quality education and this loss is irreparable. Relevant authorities are urged to reopen schools to help students continue their education.
Contacted about the matter, Deputy District Education Officer (Secondary) Charanjit Singh said: “The decision to reopen the school is up to the government but it is also difficult to get the children to follow the Covid protocol. They are unable to maintain social distancing at school. In addition, the weather is unfavorable, with winter at its peak and Covid-19 cases are on the rise again. Students prepare diligently for the exam through online courses. The mode of the exams is not yet decided, but it is a call that the councils must take.

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