Raipur. As per the order of the Chhattisgarh Government, children studying in 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th will attend classes from September 2.
Education Secretary and Commissioner of Directorate of Public Instruction Dr Kamalpreet Singh has said that permission has been given to conduct the postponed classes. The department has issued a formal order. The order states that the online classes will continue while the students have the option of attending school. Presence is not compulsory. Students will attend classes on alternate days. Any child who shows signs of sickness will not be allowed to continue with school.
When it comes to the Education Development Index (EDI) in Primary (I to V) and Upper Primary (VI to VIII) schools, Chhattisgarh ranks among the ten lowest states in the country, standing at 28th position on a list of 35.
The Government efforts to prioritise school education is commendable. However, the decision is ill-informed and half-hearted at best. Most schools in villages and towns are ill-equipped and understaffed to deal with this; they cannot conduct simultaneous offline and online classes. The reality of school education got exposed during the pandemic period. The decision to start school without fully vaccinating the population is dangerous and reckless. Parents may choose to send their kids to school without fully realising the complications of the new variant; this will endanger students, parents and teachers.