Many States yet to decide about schools reopening from Oct 15
   Date :12-Oct-2020

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By Gunjan Sharma ;
 
NEW DELHI,
 
Schools not to reopen in Mah before Diwali, says Minister
 
 
WHILE the Central Government has given a go ahead for graded reopening of schools from October 15, many States including Delhi, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh have deciding against it while others such as Haryana and Meghalaya are still unsure and are assessing the situation in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Universities and schools across the country were ordered shut on March 16 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
 
On March 25, the Centre announced a nationwide lockdown. While several restrictions have been eased gradually in different phases of the ‘unlock’ since June 8, educational institutions continue to remain closed. However, according to the latest unlock guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions outside COVID-19 containment zones can reopen after October 15. The final decision on reopening the institutions has been left with the States and Union territories. Delhi Government has decided to maintain the status quo on schools’ closure till October 31 following which a review of the situation will be done. The Uttar Pradesh Government has announced that schools outside containment zones will reopen from October 19 for students of classes 9 to 12.
 
According to Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, classes will be held in shifts and all necessary protocols including social distancing and proper sanitisation of premises will have to be followed by schools. Students will only be allowed to attend classes after furnishing written permission from their parents or guardians. The Karnataka Government has said it is in no hurry to reopen schools and will take a call on the issue after evaluating all aspects. “Neither our Government nor the Department of Education is rushing to open schools under any circumstances.
 
The health and safety of our children is very important to us,” said Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar. The Chhattisgarh Government has said schools in the State will continue to remain closed till further orders in view of the pandemic. The Maharashtra Government has said it will assess the COVID-19 situation post-Diwali and till then schools will continue to remain closed. “Schools will not reopen in Maharashtra till Diwali is over. After Diwali, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will assess the situation before taking any decision,” Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said.