As per the latest update from the Government of Haryana, schools in Haryana are to reopen for classes 9 and 11 from today, i.e., 21 December 2020. Haryana state government has suggested some guidelines which are to be strictly followed by both teacher and students. The government indicated that students who want to attend physical classes in school must carry a medical fitness certificate issued by a doctor along with parent’s/guardian’s consent.
The government further said that the students of classes 9 and 11 should obtain and submit the fitness certificate 72 hours before reopening of the schools. Moreover, the medical certificate issued must mention that the general health of the student is fair and that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Low Attendance Among Class 10 and 12 Students
On 14 December 2020, the Haryana state government allowed the reopening of the schools for 10 and 12. At the initial phase, physical classes of 3 hours for the students had to be started. However, even after the reopening of the schools, a major low percentage in attendance was reported among the students. The decision for reopening the schools was taken keeping in mind the upcoming board exams.
Getting a Medical Certificate is a Major Challenge
One of the main reasons behind the low attendance of the students, despite the reopening of the schools, is the mandatory requirement of the fitness certificate. For obtaining fitness certificates, students are needed to visit the nearest health care centers for a medical checkup. At the medical center, the students will go through a thorough checkup, and doctors will issue the fitness certificates. Many parents and students have shown discernment against visiting medical centres for checkups. The fear of getting infected by the COVID19 virus has been one of the primary reasons for the low attendance of students.