Parents in arms, once again
With schools in the city and in some parts of
At a press conference organized by members of the
“The government decided to close the schools without taking into account our problems. There are families where both parents work in small industries or earn their living from daily bets. They have to be at work to make ends meet. Who will ensure that children left alone at home follow their lessons? How does the government plan to prevent these children from falling prey to cybercrime while browsing the internet unsupervised? ” request
Most small industries were shut down during the second lockdown period and started operating only a few months ago. Parents say just when life was getting back to normal with a stable income, this announcement brought her back to square one.
“During the last two weeks of school closures, we have gone to work every other day to make sure our children are not home alone. But the leaves are finished now. We have to go to work every day,” another parent lamented.
Samiti members say that if the policy is to close everything else first and then close schools, the government decides to close schools first, even if there is a small spike in cases.
Markets and malls are open, but schools are closed. There are no restrictions on children elsewhere, why close schools then?
– Ranjitha Ramkumar, a parent
“They should either start offline lessons soon or provide us with monetary benefits in case of loss of salary, because our remuneration depends on our daily performance. Markets and malls are open, but schools are closed. There are no restrictions on children elsewhere, why close schools then? The government should work on strict Covid-19 safety measures in schools and start classes soon, otherwise we will lose our livelihoods,” said
Stakeholders not consulted
“This is a knee-jerk reaction from the government. No stakeholders, including us, were consulted. Previously there was