Updated: July 24, 2021 11:46:46 am
With a recurring dip in the number of Covid-19 cases each day, many state governments have moved ahead with the decision to reopen the schools and other educational institutions in their state. Haryana, Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab, and others have allowed physical classes in the schools following strict Covid-19 protocols.
Whereas, other states are mulling about the necessity of the step citing the possible threat of the third wave of Covid-19. “Internationally, there’s a trend of the resurgence of Covid-19 through a third wave; thus, until the vaccination process does not get completed for everyone, we cannot risk the lives of children,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said recently.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the school teachers would be vaccinated against COVID-19 so that schools could be re-opened without the children getting the infection from the faculty.
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Many states have however announced the reopening of schools for higher classes from the end of July or in August. Let’s have a look at these states:
Gujarat schools for Classes 9 to 11 allowed to reopen from July 26
The Gujarat government on Thursday allowed physical reopening of schools for the students of Classes 9 to 11 from July 26 with 50 per cent seating capacity. However, the students who are ready to attend the physical classes at school will have to submit a consent form signed by their parents. While it is not mandatory to attend these physical classes, the state government made it clear that the ongoing system of imparting education through online mode for these standards will also continue. — PTI inputs
Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra on Thursday announced through his social media handle that schools will open on August 2. “In the Cabinet meeting held today, it has been decided to open all the schools in the state from August 2,” Dotasra said it will be made sure that all children are safe from Covid-19.
The Punjab government on July 20 ordered reopening of schools for Classes 10 to 12 from July 26 as it further relaxed Covid curbs. During a Covid review meeting, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said schools will be allowed to open for classes 10 to 12, but only those teachers and staff will be allowed to be physically present who are fully vaccinated. The presence of students at schools shall be purely at the consent of parents and the option of virtual classes shall be continued.
Schools for classes 11 and 12 in Madhya Pradesh will reopen with 50 per cent capacity beginning July 26 given a significant fall in the daily COVID-19 cases. Schools for junior classes will be allowed to reopen gradually depending upon the situation. The classes will be held on alternate days for each batch of students. One batch of students will attend classes on the first day and another one the next day.
The Chhattisgarh government on July 20 decided to reopen educational institutes from August 2. Classes for the 10th and 12th grades will begin on August 2 while colleges will reopen in a stage-wise manner.
The cabinet decided that the area where an institution needs to have zero active Covid-19 cases. The schools will be allowed to open only if the local representatives for the area, gram panchayat for the villages and councillor for the urban areas, along with the parents give their approval.
The West Bengal government has not planned to open schools at any level in the near future as there is the threat of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior official said. Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the educational department official said. However, the final decision on these issues will be made at the top level of the government, he added further.
In a high-level meeting held by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from August 16, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic session.
An official statement by the CMO also added that the government plans to implement the New Education Policy 2020 in which it would spend 16,000 crores.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, in a cabinet meeting, decided to reopen schools in the state for class 10 to class 12 from August 2. The CM also said that students of class 5th and 8th will be allowed to visit schools to get help from teachers.
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