Goa: The Goa headmasters’ association has said that 198 of the 209 government-aided schools it surveyed are not in favour of reopening yet, president Mariano Valadares said. The parents-teacher associations in these schools want reopening plans on hold till the Covid-19 situation stabilises further, he said.“The association is also for reopening of schools, but the situation is not conducive at the moment,” said Valadares. “Most parents are not in favour of it as of now. We know that Class X students will be facing their board exams this year, and these students can be allowed to come to school after Diwali to seek guidance from teachers. Class X students are already coming to school for one-on-one guidance with teachers.
Valadares said that teachers are doing everything in their capacity to reach out to students, but lack of internet connectivity means that access to online classes for students is not so smooth in many areas.“Forget students, many schools do not have good enough connectivity,” he said. “In many families, two to three siblings are sharing one smartphone to attend their online classes, as parents cannot afford a smartphone for each child.
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