Sixty-nine per cent of parents want schools to reopen from
April 2021 or after, revealed a survey by LocalCircle, an online platform.
The survey recorded responses of 8,695 parents, and 23% said schools
should reopen in January.

The survey, conducted to understand if parents’ hesitancy level to reopen
schools has reduced since the previous survey in September, indicated
that the percentage of parents who want schools to open only in the next
session doubled in the past three months, from 34% to 69%

“The fact that there has been an increase in percentage of parents wanting schools to open only in the next session come April 2021, as indicated by the LocalCircles survey suggests that parents are worried about their children’s education and now with declining caseload the balance is tilting towards education rather than fear of Covid-19,” read the survey.

The survey also tried to get parents’ pulse on getting Covid vaccines if they were made available to children. Only 26% approved of their children receiving the vaccine if made available by April 2021, or before.

Meanwhile, members of Telangana Recognized Schools Management Association, which conducted a similar survey, said many parents, at least in Telangana, are ready to send their children to schools. “Our survey indicated that parents, especially of Class 8 to Class 10 students are willing to send their children to schools,” said Shekar Rao Y, TRSMA.

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