The Maharashtra Government has announced that they will reopen schools in phases from July. And the new academic session will begin from July. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a video conference meeting on Monday evening. In the meeting, he took the decision of reopening of schools in Maharashtra. School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad and some other officials also attended the meeting.
School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said, “Physical schools can begin on July after following all due diligence. We have specifically instructed district administration that they must open schools only in places where cases haven’t been found for a month. Also, senior grade sessions such as grades 9, 10 and 12 are to begin first. But meanwhile, in other areas, ‘Online Schools’ will be functional”
Gaikwad also posted a tweet stating that the Chief Minister approved the resumption of the academic session through online or digital medium from June 15. She added that in Vidarbha, online schools will begin from June 26. Class 11 sessions will begin once the admission process is completed after the declaration of 10th grade results.
REPLIES TO THE TWEET REGARDING ONLINE CLASSES
It seems that the future will be a period of regular online classes. The new academic year will be started for students through digital and online platforms. There were many tweets regarding this matter, and especially a lot of criticism. Few of them are mentioned below.
“Every student can’t afford a phone and internet. You should never forget them while taking any further step.”
“Phone? You need proper laptop for this . And everyone needs a dedicated one. Bad decision.”
“Sir I disagree with the decision to start the school because online class for poor and low middle class students is impossible because at least parents need one smartphone and Internet capabilities in terms of affordability and connectivity which is a type of burden on them”
And thus, we can see that a lot people are against this decision of conducting online classes regularly to start off with the new academic session. The major reason being affordability of suitable electronic devices and a proper internet connection.
THE VARIOUS PHASES – REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN MAHARASHTRA
– The senior grades will begin with their classes first, followed by the juniors.
– Physical classes will take place only in those areas where no new Coronavirus cases have been found for at least a month. But the Classes will begin only after taking adequate precautionary measures.
– Schools in other areas will conduct online classes until the situation improves.
– Classes 9, 10 and 12 will begin their academic session from July.
– But grade 11 students will be able to begin their classes only when they’ve taken admission after the declaration of class 10 Board exam results.
– Following this, students from grades 6 to 8 will join school in August.
– For students studying in classes 3 to 5, school will reopen on September.
– The SOP has advised a maximum of one hour of an online session for classes 3 to 5, a maximum of two hours for classes 6 to 8 and a maximum of three hours from class 9 onwards.
– The Maharashtra government has yet not decided the reopening date of classes for grades 1 and 2. But they have asked the School Management Committees to decide on the resumption of their classes.
School Education Minister Gaikwad said, “SOPs approved will be issued in a few days. We don’t encourage online classes for pre primary, first and second grade. Classes of standard 1 and 2 are exempted from online teaching. However, for remaining standards, the Maharashtra Government has defined certain hours per week. We are trying to use ‘All India radio’ (AIR) network as well in order to reach out to students with the curriculum.”
Despite the decision made regarding the reopening of schools in Maharashtra, many Teachers’ and Principals’ Unions demanded to reopen all schools in August instead of July. Because considering the current situation, no area of Maharashtra is safe, and it is the worst affected state in the country. The number of Covid 19 cases only in Maharashtra itself is about 1.1 lakhs with over 4100 deaths. Reopening schools in July will pose a threat to the safety of the students.
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