As the incidents of students getting affected with corona virus in the schools rapidly emerging out every moving day, the government seems quite confused whether to continue the physical attendance in the schools or put it off for atleast few days until the situation improves.
Most of the incidents are coming from hostels or residential schools wherein pupils are exponentially getting affected with the contagion. Only on 16th March over 100 students were tested positive through the state pushing panic button yet another time.
While 36 students of Telangana Minority Residential School in Nagole tested positive last Tuesday, atleast 12 teachers and two staff members at Government run school in Mancherial were came into contact with the virus. The next day officials of the Health Department found another 174 students, staff and parents suffered with the contagion besides another 29 fresh cases the same day. It goes on with another nine parents tested positive.
Similarly, 32 students of another government run school at Kamareddy were found positive with the virus. These incidents created panic among the public in general and parents in particular.
Meanwhile 22 students of Government Girijan Residents School at Rajendranagar found positive today prompting the Health Department officials to hold a medical camp in the school premises. The Warden and the Watchmen too come into contact with the virus. Another incident came into light from Government High School Rajendranagar wherein two students were suffered with the contagion.
These incidents put health department officials on their toes as they are holding medical camps wherever the contagion is being reported.
These incidents put the government completely on tenterhook as only last month it had gave green signal for the reopening of schools; first high school and then upper primary section, one after another. While the incidents of students getting affected with the contagion showing no signs of respite on one hand, the representatives of school bodies on the other hand are appealing the government to not to take any drastic step blowing out of steam and deal the situation very tactically to avoid further destruction of the school system.
Telangana Recognised School Managements Association (TRSMA), a body representing Budget Schools in the state has made a representation to Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy appealing her not to close the physical classes for the students of upper primary section as this made turned detrimental to the existence of Budget schools in the state.
“In view of the sporadic cases of corona virus convulsing again especially in residential schools and hostels, it is better to isolate these institutions on individual bases for 15 days rather than shutting down all the schools in the state,” the letter said.