Schools and colleges in Rajasthan were to be reopened in October or November 2020, but after COVID19 second wave hit the nation in 2021, it is a big question that exactly when will colleges and schools to reopen.
However, the question of when will schools and colleges reopen in India 2021 is still unanswered. Keeping the possible third COVID-19 wave in mind, state governments are encouraging online classes.
The final decision to reopen schools and colleges will be taken after reviewing the situation of COVID-19 in the Rajasthan. Meanwhile, some states are demanding to vaccinate teachers and other staff attached to educational institutions.
Other states going to partially reopen schools and colleges from july 15-16 for class 9th to 12th students and for college students with social distancing. Here is the state wise updates:
Haryana School Reopening Update
As per ANI report, Haryana Government on Friday announced to reopen schools from July 16, 2021. Students of Classes 9 to 12 will be allowed to enter the school premises with social distancing. If the situation remains normal, schools for other classes will also be reopened.
Gujarat School Reopening Update
Gujarat Government has decided to reopen schools, colleges from July 15, 2021, ANI reported. However, schools will reopen for Class 12 students only. It has also decided to start offline classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students with 50% capacity. Attendance will not be mandatory, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced.
42 percent parents want schools to open from July
As per a report of Live Hindustan, 42 percent of parents want to opening schools from July amid fears of a third wave of Corona. However, 46 per cent are still emphasizing on online studies. The survey was done Private School Association, in which 850 parents of 58 schools were surveyed.
The state government of Rajasthan has announced that schools and colleges in the state will remain closed till December 31 due to the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic and sudden increase in cases across the country.
Earlier Govt says, Schools can be opened for students of 10th – 12th from 2 November, and 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11th from December 1.
The Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines, As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can also open outside containment zones after October 15.
However, the decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with the states/UTs.
The Rajasthan government issued Unlock 5.0 guidelines, ordering schools, colleges, cinema halls and multiplexes to remain closed till October 31.
However, Schools and Colleges in Rajasthan will remains shut, but 9th-12th standard students will be able to go for guidance. For this, written permission of parents will be required.
The government on Tuesday, Sep 8 announced SOPs for partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9–12 from September 21.
In Unlock 4 guidelines, MHA said class 9–12th students can visit schools from September 21 for taking teachers’ guidance with parents’ consent.
What is in SOPs about Schools reopening in Rajasthan
Rajasthan government have to follow the MHA guidelines and All the schools have been ordered to start the school for students of 9th to 12th class by taking the permission of parents from 21st September.
It was being expected from the Lockdown 5 and 3 phases Unlock that the colleges and other education institutes will be regularly run back in Unlock phase 3 but this did not happened.
The coronavirus pendemic continues to wreak havoc and continues to grow, but the good news is that the number of people recovering from the corona virus has also increased.
Different news kept coming that colleges will be reopened in August-September but according to home ministry guidelines, schools, colleges and coaching centres are to stay closed till August 31.
Colleges & Schools to reopen in September or October?
The Union Ministry of Education has asked the States and UTs for feedback from parents on a possible period when they would be comfortable with the reopening of schools. Education secretaries of all states and union territories have been asked to return by 20 July with a response.
The center is considering reopening colleges, schools and other educational institutions between 1st September and 14 November. According to various news reports, the modalities of the plan have been discussed by a group of secretaries attached to the group of ministers of Covid-19 management, headed by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
The decision is likely to be released later this month with final unlock guidelines, which will guide states on unlocking the remaining activities on August 31.
However, parents are not in favour of sending kids to school in the current situation.
What is the status of Covid-19 Vaccine
Seven major Indian pharma players are in the race to develop COVID-19 vaccine. If the vaccine comes into the market, then all the activity will be started to function properly.
Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute, Zydus Cadila, Panacea Biotec, Indian Immunologicals, Mynvax and Biological E are among the domestic pharma firms working on the coronavirus vaccines in India.
Vaccines normally require years of testing and additional time to produce at scale, but scientists are hoping to develop a coronavirus vaccine within months because of the pandemic.
So, September or October?
The central government is planning to reopen schools and colleges in a staggered manner between September 1 and November 14.
The fresh guidelines are expected to be out on August 31, the decision on reopening will be left to states.
And the Rajasthan and other state governments should take the same decision and I think all the state governments can reopen the college and school from mid-September to October.