Kolkata: Catholic schools to stay online for another week | Kolkata News

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The Reverend Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Calcutta, said the church was not calling for schools to open next week (representative image)

KOLKATA: A day after CNI schools decided to resume physical lessons from Monday, schools under the Catholic Church opted to stick to government advice and continue online lessons for another week. The state government had asked schools on June 13 to extend the summer vacation until June 26.
The Reverend Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Calcutta, said the church was not calling for schools to open next week. “We still have a week to go before schools open. As schools are holding online lessons, we don’t feel the need to make any changes. From now on, schools will start offline lessons at from June 27, the Archbishop said. .
Although Don Bosco Park Circus has decided to open from Monday, others like St Xavier’s Collegiate School, St Thomas, St Joseph’s, St Mary’s, St Teresa’s and St Augustine’s Day School will continue with online classes for another week before the opening of the campuses for on-site courses. Some other schools that have also decided to wait until June 27 for offline instruction are The Heritage School and Shri Shikshayatan School.
The Loreto Group of Schools has also decided to continue online classes until June 26 rather than making changes now. These schools had opened earlier this week for one day before being brought online following government notification.
The Church of North India (CNI) Diocese of Calcutta had said on Friday that its schools would reopen from June 20. A notice has been sent by Bishop Paritosh Canning to all Headteachers within the Diocese to resume in-person classes in view of the improvement in the weather conditions. Among the schools that will resume offline lessons are Lakshmipat Singhania Academy and South City International School.
For parents whose children study in different schools, it is difficult to adapt to offline lessons for one and online for the other. But there are also many parents who have asked schools to start offline lessons because they have apprehensions about learning online lessons.
While the principal of Heritage School, Seema Sapru, said she would comply with the government order and not open the school from Monday, the principal of Don Bosco Park Circus, Father Bikash Mondal, said that the improved weather allowed to organize exams for higher classes and prepare for the exams. from June 27 for junior classes. “So we decided to reopen the school from Monday,” he said.

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