Minister says ‘no’ to reopening, pvt schools to continue protests


Gurgaon: Though some private schools have launched a statewide ‘Shiksha Bachao, School Kholo’ (Save Education, Reopen Schools) campaign, the Haryana education minister has ruled out any such possibility until the Covid situation stabilises.
“No decision over the reopening of schools. Though we were planning to open schools at 33% capacity on different days, no decision has been taken yet. As the Covid cases decline, we can think over it (reopening of schools),” education minister Kanwar Pal said in a statement on Monday.
The private schools, however, made it clear that they would continue with their protest. And as part of their campaign, the school owners met the respective deputy commissioners in districts like Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Hisar, Panchkula and Jind and handed over to them a memorandum addressed to the CM.
Private Schools Welfare Association president Ram Awtar said, “We have been forced to come out on the streets and protest for school reopening. The situation was different during the first and the second waves. When it has been proven that this variant is not lethal, we don’t see any logic behind keeping schools shut.”
In fact, private school associations said the academic institutions would be recalling students to the campuses regardless of the government’s orders, citing their inability to continue with online classes because of tech and budgetary constraints and the overall deterioration in the quality of learning.
“The government is just making populist statements to show that they are serious. On the ground, schools and parents are against the order and many are already running schools. Many more are going to open by the end of this month,” said Yashpal Yadav, state president of Haryana Shikshan Sansthan Sangathan.
Parents, too, condemned the prolonged closure of the schools and demanded the government reopen the academic institutions adhering to all Covid-safety protocols norms for the safety of the kids. Parents said that in the coming days they too will take to the streets to lend support for the school reopening demand.
Anju Kapoor, a parent of two kids, said, “It appears that the government has taken education very lightly. Kids are now showing visible signs of deep learning gaps. They are missing out on behavioural learning and social skills, and losing the discipline they had when they went to school. We are worried about their future.”
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