DCPCR urges lieutenant governor to open kindergartens for grade VIII
The Delhi Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (DCPCR) on Monday urged Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to open schools for children from kindergarten to grade VIII on a phased basis. The DCPCR said it has received complaints from different quarters about it and added that it affects around four million children in the city.
“Obviously, out-of-school children cannot ensure their safety as adults move around and return home. As it is, children are visible everywhere in public places. There appears to be little evidence on how school closures can benefit children when all other areas are open. So it remains unclear what additional vulnerability children would feel coming to school or how they stay safer by not attending school, ”DCPCR President Anurag Kundu said in the letter to Mr. Baijal.
The pandemic has caused severe learning losses for children of all grades, Kundu said. “For example, 17% more class I students could not read letters in 2020-2021 compared to 2019-20, according to the State of Education 2021 annual report from the Pratham Education Foundation. This is true not only for the primary grades, but also for the upper grades. About 80% of children aged 14-18 report lower learning levels compared to when schools were open. About 92% of children on average have lost a specific language skill compared to previous years, ”the letter says.
The DCPCR also said that online education is insufficient on its own.
“As the commission is the statutory authority charged with protecting and promoting the cause of children, urges the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to issue the necessary instructions for the opening of schools and anganwadis,” the letter added.