COVID-19: No Timeline Fixed For Reopening Of Schools


New Delhi: The Ministry of Education hasn’t yet fixed a timeline for reopening schools as most states aren’t in favour of that amid rising cases of coronavirus across the country, sources said.

The Centre is exploring the possibility of commencing some classes for senior students from September end or October, though no final decision has been taken regarding the matter, according to a source quoted by news agency PTI.

“No timeline has been fixed yet as the decision will completely depend on the pandemic situation. Barring one union territory, no other state or UT is in favour of reopening schools in near future,” the source told the news agency.

“Possibility of higher secondary classes in late September is being explored but there has been no final decision. Whenever it is decided, the Centre will only issue an advisory in this regard and states will have to take a call depending on the COVID-19 situation in their districts,” the source said.

Schools and Universities across the country have been shut since March 16 when the central government declared a countrywide classroom shutdown to the spread of COVID-19. Subsequently, a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24.

Despite relaxing lockdown guidelines, schools and colleges continued to remain shut till date.

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