After a long wait of 7 months, schools in India have finally started to reopen. According to reports, Kendriya Vidyalaya’s (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya’s (JNVs) are planning to reopen schools across India from November 2, 2020. The process to assess the situation has started and reports are being collected. The schools would initially reopen for students of classes 9 to 12.
With the nod received from the Central Government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, the central schools have started collecting feedback from the stakeholders. There are a total of 1250 KVs and 650 JNVs in the country in which about 15 lakh students are enrolled.
After the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines approved the reopening of schools on voluntary basis for students of classes 9 to 12, the KVs had decided to reopen the schools from September 21, as per the permissions. However, the parents had been unwilling and the plans were shelved and schools continued to offer online classes.
States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Himachal Pradesh have already reopened their schools. The attendance is, at present, strictly voluntary and has seen only a few students. However, the signs have been positive and reassuring. Mostly the student of classes 9 to 12 have been permitted by the states, with consideration of the board examination. Haryana, on the other hand, has permitted reopening the schools for students of classes 6 to 12.