ICMR backs the idea of reopening of schools, “it’ll be wise to open primary schools first before opening secondary schools” as “children can handle viral infections better than adults”.
At the time when the 3rd wave of COVID-19 is around the corner, ideas of reopening educational institutions will most definitely create a sense of havoc and confusion but the important thing here will be to keep in mind the opinion of heath expecters and the scientific community, recently In the media briefing on July 20, 2021, Professor Balram Bhargava, the Director General, ICMR backed reopening of schools whenever it is possible to do so, and that “it’ll be wise to open primary schools first before opening secondary schools” as “children can handle viral infections better than adults”.
But there is much more than what meets the eye, if the authorities decises to reopen the education institution, the central government needs be in close proximity with states government closly monitoring the opening of colleges and schools, making sure there isnt any surge in the positivity rate which could be related to it. At the same time the centre show try to give a as much as freedom to state govenment so that they can evaluate their states situation and take the calculated risk if it comes to that, which most of the state government is trying to do so by taking their individual calls on it.
Delhi has opted for a intresting way of directly including the parents and students in the decisoon making process of whether to open the school and colleges or not
Recently Gujarat Govt. had made a tweet confirming the reopening of schools with 50% capacity from 26th of this month keeping in mind appropiate covid behaviour.
Most likely will delay the reopening process keeing in account the no. of cases
Reopeing of education institution will bring along with them burden of responsibility that need to be shared by both the state as well as the government at centre
As soon as the vaccine for children starts rolling out the most important and tedious job will be to get the students vaccined as soon as possible, fighting the vaccine hesitance will also be hurdle to overcome.