Last month, the Ludhiana government discussed the teenage vaccination campaign at a meeting with school principals. It was decided that special camps would be organized in schools to cover as many children as possible between the ages of 15 and 18. However, the increase in the number of cases in the states in the country led to the closure of schools.
In recent weeks, the education authorities and school management in many towns and villages of Punjab have expressed concern about the reopening of schools with state polls scheduled in the coming days.
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Speaking daily to leading news, some school principals have demanded that schools be allowed to reopen for vaccinated students with parental consent. The chairman of the Federation of Punjab Schools Association, Jagjit Singh Dhuri, said the government has abandoned both parents and schools and schools should be reopened with 50 percent student power. He also said it is unfair to ask the authorities to close the schools after the financial crisis the department has endured.
The director of a CBSE school in BRS Nagar pointed to the fact that the Covid-19 outbreak has been declared ‘endemic’ in most countries. Further explaining the importance of every country being prepared to fight the virus, the director said reopening schools is required for children’s development.
According to the President of the Private School Association, Thakur Anand, behavioral changes have been observed in children leading to anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression and personality disorders. He criticized the government for making educational institutions the victims of the political demonstrations. Speaking on behalf of management, he claimed they should be exempt from paying road tax, insurance, electricity bills, property tax and water tax if the government forces schools to close.
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Preschool Association of Ludhiana president Amanpreet Singh, who is also the director of ABC Magical World in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, questioned the government for allowing political gatherings with huge crowds and long processions; restaurants, bars, cinemas, shopping malls opening at 50 percent capacity and even temples, gurdwaras, mosques and churches opening at 100 percent capacity.
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