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Delhi Parents Remain Divided On Resuming Classes After Curb Relaxation

In the absence of physical classes, school have been running online classes, resulting in students facing huge challenges including mental and physical strain.

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New Delhi: Even as Covid-19 cases registered a drop across the country and many states are relaxing Covid-19 curbs, around 20 per cent of the parents in Delhi wish to send their children back to schools, according to a survey conducted by Local Circles.

According to the Local Circles survey, 74 per cent parents do not support the reopening of schools, 66 per cent parents are supporting reopening of schools once the positivity rates fall below 2 per cent.

Schools and other educational institutions have been shut for almost two years now after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. In the absence of physical classes, school have been running online classes, resulting in students facing huge challenges including mental and physical strain.

“Certainly, these two years have been a huge learning gap for the children. I think when Covid started, it demanded that. Yes, the schools have to be closed, but other aspects of a child’s development have also taken a backseat. Opening of the schools is very, very essential now to fill those learning gaps. We need to bring children back from routines they have fallen in and the routines they should follow now,” stated Dhriti Malhotra, Director Principal of Manav Rachna School, Gurugram.

Talking about the survey, Local Circles Chairman and Founder Sachin Taparia said, “Basically the parents are saying that look, Omicron is a slightly different with regards to transmissibility the spread and hence majority of parents are not in favour of opening the schools however the way the curve has come down in Mumbai, I think its probably in two weeks time, Delhi will start seeing positivity rate below 5 per cent. Unless of course something changes a new subvariant starts emerging which is a valid risks that is in the minds of these parents what if there is another variant starts prevailing in Delhi in the weeks to come.”

Commenting on the survey President of the Delhi Parents Association Aprajita Gautam said, “We have also conducted surveys from time to time, even today 70-80 per cent parents are not ready to send their children to school citing the reason that children can act as carriers of the virus.”

Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday have decided to lift weekend curfew. According to the new guidelines issued by the authority, cinema halls, bars and restaurants are allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity.

The COVID-19 restriction of odd-even rule for non-essential commercial establishments in the national capital have also been lifted. The weddings can be held with 200 people or at 50 per cent capacity of the premises in Delhi. However, the decision to reopen schools is to be taken in the next meeting.

India reported 2,51,209 new COVID cases, 627 related-deaths and 3,47,443 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate saw a drop from 19.5% to 15.8%. The total number of active cases in the country now stand at 21,05,611.

The weekly positivity rate is at 17.47% while the recovery rate in the nation stands at 93.60%. A total of 72.37 crore tests have been conducted so far, with 15,82,307 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

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