With no option for online lessons at Delhi public school in Pune, parents worry about loss of education for their wards – Punekar News

Manisha Swain

Mohammadwadi, January 31, 2022: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar announced on January 29 that schools and colleges in Pune will reopen from February 1.

He announced, “Schools and colleges will reopen in the Pune district from February 1. For grades 1 to 8, the school hours will be half of the regular schedule, but for grades 9 to 10, the school will operate according to the regular schedule. The colleges will also operate according to the usual hours.

However, the decision to re-open schools driving offline has not been well received by parents especially parents of Delhi Public School (DPS), Pune as many parents are unwilling to send their children at school amid the coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic.

Like all schools in Pune, the DPS has decided to comply with the order given by the state government to reopen schools from February 1. But the school did not follow orders properly, as mentioned by the administration.

He said: “Parental consent will be required to attend the school.”

There have been several complaints from parents that the DPS is forcing them to send their children to school by shutting down the online education option without notice.

According to a DPS parent, parents are panicking as schools have reopened in these unprecedented times. There is no other option than online courses for DPS students. If they do not give consent for their parish to attend offline classes, their children will miss out on their studies. All parents are forced to send their children to school for fear of their loss of education. In doing so, they risk the lives of their children.

Concerned DPS parents have expressed their concerns via Twitter in the hope that this situation will soon be resolved.

One parent tweeted: “DPS Pune does not offer any options for online course delivery. Children and family members are not well and cannot attend offline classes. Emails regarding the progress of blended courses sent by parents are ignored by school officials. We ask the school to offer blended courses.

An email sent by DPS to parents states that all students must bring a signed parental request indicating consent to allow their ward(s) to attend school.

“A consent is relevant when there is an option to say no without any negative impact. @VarshaEGaikwad, #DPSPune requires parents to give consent to offline lessons without even giving the option of #HybridSchooling. What good is such a consent,” another parent tweeted.

Another parent showed their distress by tweeting: “Many parents are forced to sign a consent form because online classes have stopped.”

Amid all this panic over the reopening of schools, DPS Director Neelam Chakrabarty did not respond when we contacted her to ask about the situation.

Also read that the University of Pune exams will be conducted in online mode only: SPPU

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