The West Bengal government has still not taken any decision about the reopening of schools in the state. This has led to widespread confusion among school authorities about the time till when they are required to continue taking classes on virtual spaces.
According to reports, the principal of BD Memorial, Bijoya Choudhury, said that the school authorities would begin the process to start classes with Covid-19 measures after they get the advisory from the state education department.
“As of now, we are continuing the online mode of teaching and learning in all sections,” She said.
She also said that they don’t have any plan to charge a Covid-19 fee from the students once the schools are reopened for regular classes.
“We don’t know when the school can be opened for students. The situation is fluid. We will entirely depend on the government recommendations in this regard,” Father Rodney Borneo, the principal of Loyola High School, said.
Father Rodney Borneo also cited an order from Calcutta High Court and said a total of 145 private schools to offer a minimum 20% reduction in fees. He also said that there is no proposal to evaluate the cost of COvid-19 safety measures when the schools reopen.
“We have no idea when in-person classes will begin in schools. All arrangements will be in place as the safety of students remains our priority,” he was quoted as saying in a media report.
There was no immediate plan to introduce any Covid-19 fee, but when classes resume on school premises, the authorities will certainly have to spend a lot to implement every single safety step, he said.