The Maharashtra State government on Thursday gave a nod to restart the physical classes from nursery to Std 12 from January 24.
The decision was taken following growing demand from teachers, parents, academic experts and others to open the schools. Besides academic loss to the students, psychology of students was being adversely affected.
However, the decision taken by state government on reopening of schools has left parents in dilemma.
Reacting to this decision, while talking to The Live Nagpur the parents said they will be not able to send their their wards to schools for physical classes owing to the surge of daily COVID-19 cases in the city.
Pratibha Navghare whose child is studying in Class 2 at Bhavans, Civil Line said the cases have rapidly increased since the start of this month. Casualties in city have also risen and we are afraid that this will affect our children as well. We will not be sending our wards for physical classes as the session is about to end.
â€œI think government should reconsider their decision as it will affect thousands of children health-wise,â€ she pointed out.
Shashank Joshi a father whose child studies in Class 6 said â€œsince there is no vaccine for children below 15 years of age he is not comfortable by sending his child to school. Earlier, when NMC allowed reopening of schools we opted for online classes and we will continue to do so in future till the cases are not controlledâ€ he said.
Sonilika Bisen, mother of Darshan Bisen who studies in Std 4 Vision Convent said â€œwe will not send our son to the school as we are concerned of his healthâ€.
Rekha Waghmare mother of Swara who studies in Std 2nd and one more daughter who studies in Std 11 said â€œwe will be not sending our daughters to school for attending physical classes. We are worried about their health and since the Omicron/Covid-19 cases are on the rise we will wait till the situation is back to normal.
On Friday, Nagpur city recorded 3689 new Covid-19 cases and 7 deaths while Nagpur district recorded 4763 new cases taking active cases to 21,719.