Various states with steps to start school and college studies in a normal way. This is against the backdrop of a very low number of Covid cases and a declining positivity rate. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) had yesterday said that there was nothing wrong with opening schools in the country and that it would be better to start primary classes first.
It is noteworthy that even the states that have decided to open educational institutions have not discussed the issue of starting primary schools. It is observed that parents are not ready to send their young children to school for the time being. Many states cite issues including shortcomings in online learning as barriers to opening institutions. The Odisha government says only 40% of children are able to be active in online classes due to inadequate internet access.
- Maharashtra: Classes 8-12 have been opened on the 15th in areas where Covid cases have not been reported in the last month. Prior to this, the vaccine was made available to teachers and staff.
- Karnataka: Higher Education Institutions will open on the 26th. Teachers, staff, and students who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine can go to college. No decision has been made on opening schools.
- Gujarat: Class 12, colleges, and technical institutes started on the 15th with 50% students.
- Bihar: Classes 9 – 12 opened on July 6 with 50% students. Colleges opened at 12 p.m. Offline classes also continue.
- Punjab: In Punjab, where the positivity rate has reached 0.03 percent, classes 10,11,12 are proposed to start on the 26th. Teachers and staff who have received the vaccine must be present. Students can reach out. The online class will continue.
- Chhattisgarh: Classes 10,12 will open on August 2. 50% of children can attend class. Colleges will also be opened in phases.
- Haryana: Classes 9 – 12 started on the 16th. Classes 6 – 8 will start on the 23rd. Online classes will continue.
- Odisha: Classes 10 and 12 will start from 26th as usual.
It is risky to open schools immediately, as the situation in Kerala is dire. Therefore, there is no possibility of opening any school college in Kerala immediately.