New Delhi: The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh government has decided to extend the closure of schools at least till March 31, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, regular classes for Class 10th and 12th students will commence shortly. Also Read - Every Second Person in Delhi Infected With COVID, Latest Sero-survey Shows Signs of Herd Immunity

The Madhya Pradesh government also confirmed that the board examinations 2021 will be conducted. Besides, those studying in Class IX and XI will be called to the school once or twice a week. Also Read - COVID-19 Warnings on Twitter Spread Well Before Pandemic Outbreak

“There will be no classes for Class I to VIII in the state till March 31. The upcoming academic session will start from April 1, 2021. Classes I to VIII will be evaluated on the basis of project work. Board exams will be held for Class X and XII and their classes will begin soon. Social distancing and other precautions will be fully observed in the classrooms. ,” a leading portal quoted CM Chouhan as saying. Also Read - Coronavirus in Kids: More Than One-Third COVID Kids Show no Symptoms

He made the announcement after a review meeting of the School Education Department which took place in Bhopal on Friday.

Notably, schools and colleges across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of Unlock’ since June 8, educational institutions continue to remain shut as a precautionary measure.