Parents cannot be forced to send their children to school for classes and schools cannot be forced to reopen, Telangana Supreme Court said today, as physical classes will resume in the state from tomorrow. The Supreme Court also imposed conditions on the reopening and blocked the government’s order to allow residential schools and hostels to open.
The Telangana government had previously issued an order for all schools, anganwadis and colleges to reopen from September 1, and even allowed 100 percent participation.
The court also added that parents will not be pressured to give written consent to send their children to school. The Supreme Court also said schools will decide whether to reopen schools or opt for online classes.
“Do not force students to attend physical classes,” the court said at the hearing.
No action can be taken against parents or schools for failing to attend or provide physical classes, the court added.
Guidelines should be issued for schools to reopen and the rules made public, the court said, adding that there are fears of a third wave of Covid in September and October. However, the court added that there are concerns that students will lose out if schools don’t reopen for physical classes.
The court responded to a petitioner who said the Telangana government did not speak with private schools before deciding to resume physical classes. “There is no scientific basis for reopening schools,” the petitioner argued, citing reports of an imminent third wave.
The government of Tamil Nadu has also issued guidelines for schools to reopen for grades 9 to 12. The state has only admitted 50 percent of students at a time, compared to 100 percent in Telangana.