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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Parents in UP hesitant to send kids to schools;


With schools in Uttar Pradesh set to open with COVID protocols from Monday for classes 9 to 12, the majority of the parents still seem hesitant to send their children.

So far, only 44 to 48 percent of parents have given their written consent for their children to attend offline classes.

Written consent from parents has been made mandatory before a child is allowed to attend school.

In the forms sent by school authorities, a majority of parents wrote that due to the fear of the third wave of COVID, they are not ready to send their children to schools. Schools have been closed since March after the second wave of the pandemic hit the state. After almost five months, following government directions, the schools will be reopening from Monday for the offline classes.

President of the Unaided Private School Association, Anil Agarwal, said: "Less than 50 percent of parents of children studying in schools in urban areas have agreed to send wards for physical classes while schools on the outskirts or in rural areas have around 55 to 60 percent consent from parents."

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