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Steep increase in Corona cases leave parents, students fretting in Vizag


Parents worried over sending their wards to schools as Covid cases go up

As the Covid positive cases are on the rise, parents are worried about sending their children to schools. The parents, students and the teachers as well are anxious over positive cases being reported in the school. A few school children were tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus after the schools were reopened in March.

In addition to the Covid circumstances, the children have to bear the scorching sun while returning home at 12.30 pm. Students would have been preparing for examinations in the month of April and they would have completed all the exams by the third week of the month. On the contrary, this year the academic year began in 2021, in the midst of strict Covid rules.

As per the government orders, the classes will be conducted till May 31 during the hot summer and the examinations will be conducted in June. Last year, due to Covid lockdown the students were promoted to the next class.

In the neighbouring state Telangana, holidays were declared by the state government to all educational institutions in view of rising positive cases during the second wave. In Andhra Pradesh, the education department was conducting schools and colleges by reducing the syllabus despite increasing Covid cases and hot summer.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, AP School Education Department director V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said that all measures were being taken by the department to ensure the safety of both students and teachers from virus. “Many of the parents and students as well are not against conducting classes in the schools. In fact, the children are happy to attend the school with good infrastructure and facilities. However, Covid guidelines are being strictly followed while conducting the classes,” he said.

M Sridhar, the father of a Class VI student, said that he has decided not to send his son to school as Covid positive cases are on the rise. “Online classes should be conducted to the students till the second wave subsides. Moreover, it appears this summer would be very hot. And it would be very tough for the children to attend the classes with masks on.

The government should rethink on this before continuing the classes in the hot summer,” he said. He said that there complaints from parents against Covid cases in schools and children suffering due to an increase in mercury levels.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, Visakhapatnam District Educational Officer B. Lingeswara Reddy said; “All Covid precautions are being followed in conducting classes for students. Social distancing, wearing masks and sanitization are strictly followed in schools. We have been creating awareness among the students on Covid and the precaution that needs to be taken.” He said that parents of primary school children have complained against conducting the classes as the Covid cases are increasing in the hot summer. He also said that no student will be compelled to come to the school.

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