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Most parents don’t want schools to begin until April: Survey – education

Almost 70% of parents who responded to a nationwide survey said they prefer that schools in their respective states reopen only after April in light of Covid-19 and the resulting closure.

The survey was conducted by Local Circles, a Delhi-based community social media platform with responses from 19,000 parents in 224 districts across the country: 58% parents from Tier 1 districts, 21% from Tier 2 districts, and 21% from Tier 3, Level 4 and rural districts of India. In Maharashtra, more than 2,000 parents responded to the survey, of which about 52% said they want schools in the state to start only in April 2021. Of these, 1,325 parents were from Mumbai.

In September 2020, Local Circles had conducted a similar survey in which only about 34% of parents had said that schools should start from April 2021. During these months, the number of parents who think that way appears to have increased substantially. “Majority parents are unwilling to send their children to school even now because of the risk involved. Some parents of students in classes 10 and 12 may send them because they have to prepare for the board exams, ”said Anubha Sahai, president of the All India Parents Association.

Parents were also asked if they would consider giving the Covid-19 vaccine to their children after it is implemented for school children. Only 26% said they would approve, while 56% of parents said they would wait 3 months or more to see the data and findings and then make a decision.

In Maharashtra, on December 14, more than 10 lakh of students were attending schools every day, while more than 15,000 schools have reopened in the state for classes 9-12 since November 23. The Pune administration will reopen city schools for classes. January 9-12, according to the Pune Municipal Corporation. In Delhi, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said schools are likely to reopen only after July 2021 after children are vaccinated.

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