State parents body want reopening of schools

Ranchi: Jharkhand chapter of the Private School and Children Welfare Association (PSCWA) on Friday submitted memorandum to state finance minister Rameshwar Oraon as well as agriculture minister Badal Patralekh respectively seeking reopening of schools in the state citing loss of academics to children of different classes owing to continuous closure due to covid-19 since last two years.

Citing a recent report by the World Bank, they claimed that entire world is concerned about the future of students and their studies due to the extended lockdown of the educational institutions. “When malls, cinema halls, liquor shops, markets among others can be allowed to function, why can’t schools are allowed to run with proper covid appropriate behavior,” remarked PSCWA state president Alok Dubey, adding that there have been no scientific evidence to prove that opening schools will lead to spurt in covid infection.

Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo, vice president of the outfit added that recently even All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)’s director Dr Randeep Guleria too had advocated reopening of schools in the country.

“Maharashtra, which is among the high vulnerable states in terms of covid infection has now announced to open schools from January 24. Why can’t Jharkhand do so?,” questioned PSCWA’s general secretary Rajesh Gupta.