School Reopens Amid COVID-19 In UP’s Jalaun; Authorities Assure Of Strict Action

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Jalaun: A private school in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun has been found violating government order after it reopened defying orders to keep schools closed till August 31 amid COVID-19. The school was reportedly found conducing classes, as per an ANI report.

Premchand, Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), has assured of strict action against the school. Speaking to ANI he said, “No instructions have been issued by govt to reopen schools. Strict action will be taken against the manager and principal of the school.”

Similarly, a school in West Bengal’s Daspur had also re-opened last week. It blamed digital divide and parents wanting them to reopen school. However, the school had reopened for Class X students and was contemplating starting classes for XIth and XIIth standard students as well. A notice was issued to the school for the same.

Schools and educational institutions in India have been shut since March 16 after which online education has become a norm. Earlier during Unlock 3.0, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had stated schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed till August 31.

However, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education has stated that schools may reopen between September 1 to November 14 in phased manner. The final decision will be taken by the State. Moreover, schools will only reopen after taking precautionary measures like reduced or no breaks, batches, reduced school hours and a blended approach of online and offline classes.

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