Only for higher classes
There seems to be no scope for schools to start functioning anytime soon. But, if they would have the window to conduct classes, it should be done only for class IX-XII. Senior secondary classes usually have a vast and difficult syllabus as compared to primary and secondary classes. Online classes can only provide limited help with tough topics, but cannot replace traditional classrooms.
– Anil Swarup, former secretary, School Education, MHRD
Not for those enrolled in online classes
Several directives and guidelines have been issued by the government to promote digital learning amid the lockdown. Schools that are prepared and equipped with the necessary infrastructure and content to take the online route may not be required to conduct classes during vacation as the students’ academic activities are not getting hampered.
– Neelima Kamrah, principal, KIIT World School, Gurgaon
Preferable for schools in rural areas
As the students have already lost more than three weeks of classes, resuming school during the summer vacation is a viable option to cover the syllabus but not at the cost of students’ wellbeing. Most students studying in government schools and rural areas belong to economically weaker sections where online learning is not possible. Hence, if the situation normalises, re-opening schools in rural areas will benefit the students.
– Rubinderjit Singh Brar, director, Department of School Education, Chandigarh
Climatic conditions not feasible
Following the recent extension of lockdown till May 3, it is unlikely for the schools to conduct classes during summer break. Besides, conducting class X board must be the priority for the respective states to minimise the disruption in the academic cycle. Even if schools conduct classes after the lockdown is lifted, it will be too hot for the students to attend schools.
– Fauzia Banu, headmistress, Government High School S.G.Halli, Bangalore