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Mumbai: 97 per cent parents against the physical reopening of schools; wants fee structure to be revised – Mumbai Mirror

Even though the state government has released standard operating procedures for restarting classes, a whopping 97 per cent parents in Mumbai are against the physical reopening of schools anytime soon.

Most of the parents believe that physical reopening should be considered only when the cases in the vicinity remain zero for 21 days.

According to a survey by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, though the schools in some districts of the state have become operational for physical classes, parents in Mumbai are not in favour of the physical reopening of schools.

Over 10,500 parents from different parts of Mumbai responded to the survey including 61 per cent men and 39 per cent women.

Around 70 per cent parents said that the online classes of their children have started successfully, while 23 per cent faced initial hiccups. However, 7 per cent responded saying that their child’s online classes will start soon.

When asked about conducting physical classes amid the pandemic, only 3 per cent participants said that schools should start regardless, from August 1, 2020.

Almost 26 per cent respondents said that schools should start only after a COVID-19 vaccine is out. 33 per cent respondents believe that schools should start only after zero cases are reported in Mumbai and in a radius of 20 km around the city.

While 15 per cent said schools should reopen only after no cases are reported in Maharashtra for 21 days, 18 per cent said kids should go back to school only after active cases in Mumbai are down to zero.

The remaining three per cent parents said that it should be done only after there are no cases in the country for 21 days.

This survey also said that around 88 per cent Mumbai parents want the school fee structure to be revised.

Most parents also said that only tuition fee should be charged, whereas some said that the tuition fee & IT fee should be charged. Only 12 per cent respondents said the fee structure should remain unchanged and full school fees should be charged.

Meanwhile, touching a new high, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 cases on Sunday climbed over the 9,000 mark. Counting fresh fatalities, the death toll went up to 11,854, while the total cases reached 3.10 lakh. In Mumbai, the death toll has reached 5,714, and the number of cases has touched 1.1 lakh.

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