Highlights

  • Schools are being opened in districts of Maharashtra including Mumbai and Thane
  • Schools have been open since Monday but parents are concerned
  • In an online survey, 62% of parents said they did not want to send their children to school

Mumbai
The government has given permission to open schools in Maharashtra. Preparations are also underway to run classes in schools from January 24. Meanwhile, an online survey found that about 62 percent of parents are not currently in favor of sending their children to school. Parents want their children to only take online classes. At the same time, only 11% of parents have asked to send their children to school.

Offline classes reopened in the state in October, but parents did not send their children to school for fear. In December, almost two months after the school opened, children’s attendance rose to 90%. However, in the meantime, schools were closed again due to increasing cases of Omicron. The state has now allowed schools to open.

All the districts have been surveyed
LocalCircle, a community social media platform, conducted the survey among 4,976 parents in Type 1, 2, 3 cities in all 36 districts of Maharashtra. The survey found that 62% of parents are unwilling to take the risk of sending their children to physical school. President and founder Sachin Taparia said parents want schools not to be opened for children unless the covid positivity rate is 5% or less.

About 67% of the survey participants were male. Type 1 cities saw 44% participation, followed by Tier 2 to 31% and Tier 3, 4 and 25% from rural areas.

Parents are worried about Omicron
More than 16% of parents are already sending their children to school. These are the parents of standard 10 and 12 students who were allowed to attend classes in hybrid mode despite the growing infection. While 11% of parents were certain about sending their children to school from Monday, an equal number were confused about whether to send their children to school. Parents were concerned about the Omicron variant.

Decision on universities soon
Schools in Mumbai and Thane will go offline from Monday. In Palghar district, only classes 8 to 12 have been allowed to reopen from January 27. Schools will open in Pune in a week. A decision on reopening the universities will also be taken soon.

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