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Punjab to reopen schools for students of classes 5 to 12 from January 7

In a statement here, Singla said the timings of the schools will be from 10 am to 3 pm. The students only of classes 5 to 12 will be allowed to physically attend their classes, said the minister.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | January 6, 2021 4:11:27 pm
school reopening, Himachal PradeshSchools and colleges had first been allowed to open during the Covid pandemic in early November, but were ordered shut a few days later following a sudden surge of infections in the state. (Photo by Manoj Kumar/Representational)

The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to reopen all schools from January 7 for students of classes 5 to 12.

State Education minister Vijay Inder Singla said following the persistent demand of parents, the state government has decided to reopen all government, semi-government and private schools from January 7 onwards.

In a statement here, Singla said the timings of the schools will be from 10 am to 3 pm. The students only of classes 5 to 12 will be allowed to physically attend their classes, said the minister.

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Singla said while giving his nod, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the department to ensure the safety of the children, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister said following the CM’s directions, all school managements have been asked to strictly comply with all anti-Covid precautions in schools.

The Cabinet minister also said that the Education Department had taken feedback from school heads.

Besides ensuring safety of the children, they also suggested the reopening of schools before the annual exams for the final revision of the course, he said.

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