The government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to reopen schools from September 5. The government schools have received school starter kits with a school bag, uniform sets, notebooks and textbooks to be distributed.
The academic calendar has also been revised to start from 5 September and end by April 2021, taking into account the lost working days due to the pandemic.
Many leaders have been opposing the reopening of the schools due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. TDP women’s wing Chief and ex MLA Vangalapudi Anitha criticised the move and said: “How can the Government reopen the schools? Education minister Adimulapu Suresh tested positive Covid 19. The covid-19 spread is high in the rural and hilly areas. The government is playing with the lives of children for the sake of publicity. They are painting party colurs to the school bags and schools. The government should not reopen schools until the vaccine is invented.”
The private school management in Andhra has written to the government to reconsider the reopening decision on 5th September keeping in mind the coronavirus. The communist parties are also opposing the re-opening of schools in Andhra.
On the other hand, the government of Telangana has allowed the schools to conduct the online classes from 1st of September on various digital platforms. The teachers are asked to attend the school duties from 27th of August, to prepare syllabus and lesson plans for E – classes.
“The government, after careful examination, hereby permit as part of e-learning and distance education, online classes on various digital/TV/T-SAT platforms from 1st of September,2020 in all schools. All teachers shall attend schools regularly from 27.08.2020 onwards and shall prepare e-content, lesson plans etc,” read the government order. However it has not mentioned anything about the regular physical classes for the students.