The Telangana government has directed all recognised unaided private schools to not increase fee during the academic year 2021-22. The June 29 direction is for all schools affiliated to the state board, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), and other international boards, news agency ANI said.
The K Chandrasekhar Rao’s government also asked the management of private schools to collect only month-wise tuition fees.
The state government has decided to hold online classes for students from KG to PG from July 1 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, education minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said on June 28. Primary classes to postgraduate students, everyone will learn virtually, she said.
The state government had earlier planned to resume classroom teaching from July 1.
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Madhya Pradesh, too, put off resumption of physical classes, which were to begin on July 1, indefinitely. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said a new date would be decided after consulting the Centre, other states and experts.
Chairing a meeting on the recommendations of ministers to prepare a COVID-19 strategy, Chouhan said classes would continue online mode and through television broadcasts.
All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria has said vaccination of children will pave the way for the reopening of schools and resumption of outdoor activities.
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr VK Paul has also said that the decision to reopen schools should be taken cautiously amid the ongoing "unpredictable situation". Addressing a media briefing on the COVID-19 situation recently, Paul said “we should take risks only when we are protected”.
Meanwhile, a survey by LocalCircles revealed that the percentage of parents who will send their children to school whenever it reopens has reduced from 69 percent to 20 percent in four months amid the growing talk of the new strain being more harmful to children.Follow our full coverage on COVID-19 here.