Hyderabad: In a meeting with Hyderabad Schools Parents Association (HSPA) and the Private Schools Management Associations, Telangana education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy on Tuesday, said that in-person classes are not mandatory.
On January 11, the Telangana government announced the reopening of schools for students in Class 9, 10 and intermediate level following which the parents union questioned the decision. They argued that if the judiciary is not attending physical hearings, then how can schools open for physical classes, putting students at risk.
The parents then requested the minister to ensure that both teaching and non-teaching staff undergoes COVID test and only the non-infected staff be allowed to attend the school.
To this, the minister assured that physical classes will not be compulsory and the parents who are willing to send their children can do so or students can attend the online classes. The minister further assured the parents that students will not be detained for shortage of attendance.
“We made a verbal request to extend the academic year to July as by then the vaccination drive shall be halfway completed and the parents will not have any doubt about their child’s safety. We also want the government to constitute fee regulation committee and decide the current academic year fee reduction percentage in view of financial crunch brought by covid,” said Venkat Sainath K, Joint Secretary, HSPA.
The HSPA also asked the minister to take action against private schools that are violating the GO no 46 and RTE act by detaining students on the pretext of shortage of attendance.