“We haven’t made a decision about opening schools yet, but I’ll have a meeting with PTAs and the school leaders association first,” Sawant told TOI.
Last week, Sawant said that the government, in consultation with PTAs and headmasters’ associations, intends to reopen some institutions for grades IX, X, XI, XII and the institutes for the senior year.
Science and Technology Minister Michael Lobo was not in favor of the plans, however. “When children go to school, there is a chance that people with poor immunity could contract the virus. The greatest risk is taking buses to secondary schools. I asked the Prime Minister to postpone the opening of schools and universities, ”Lobo said.
The central government recently announced that educational institutions could reopen for students in grades IX-XII from September 21 and that participation would be voluntary.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) has stipulated in its guidelines that only schools outside the safety zones may be opened. MHFW said that prior to the opening of facilities, all work areas designated for teaching, demonstrations, etc., including laboratories and other common utility areas, must be redeveloped, taking into account frequently touched surfaces.
“Schools that were used as quarantine centers will be properly rehabilitated and thoroughly cleaned before the partial function is resumed,” said the government of the Union. Teaching and non-teaching employees (up to 50% of the workforce) can also be called to online lessons in schools.