Pune: Principals of schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be cautious about reopening their schools for standards X and XII.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has told all schools to remain shut till December 13. The latest circular by CISCE has urged states to allow schools to reopen partially for standards X and XII from January 4 so that the students can prepare for the board examinations.
But principals are wary about reopening just after the festive season. Covid-19 cases may rise after Christmas and New Year celebrations which can affect the students. Some said in-person classes are necessary for X and XII students.
Sujata Mallick Kumar, principal of St Mary’s School said they would wait as they do not want to risk the health of their students at any cost.
“The board has given a date, but schools can gauge the local situation and decide in the best interest of their students. We are conducting the first prelims online, but instead of students writing the answers online, we have told them to use a pen-and-paper format. The students need to get used to the idea of sitting and writing a full-length paper,” she said.
Rita Katawati, principal of Hutchings High School and Junior College, said most of their parents are against reopening now.
“We can ensure social distancing and a strict adherence to other safety measures when the students are in the school. But it may not be feasible when they are outside, while on their way in or out of the school. We will watch the situation, seek parents’ consent, and then decide about the reopening just for the students taking the board exam,” she said.
Chandrika Banerjee, principal at VP Magarpatta City Public School, said more than 50% parents of the standard X in her school have consented to sending their wards to school if it reopens. “Parents know the importance of physical school sessions for a standard X or XII student, and hence they have consented to sending their children when we reopen. The school is a safe place, and we will take all precautions to ensure that the students are in a secure environment here. If we get well-adjusted to the board classes, we will also think about gradually reopening for other classes, if permitted,” she added.
Published at Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:05:00 +0000