New Delhi: After issuing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for partial resumption of teaching activities in schools for students of Classes 9 to 12, the Narendra Modi-led Centre has made it clear that it is not mandatory for educational institutions to reopen schools from Monday, September 21. Also Read - Delhi Records 3,882 New Covid-19 Cases, 35 Deaths; Active Cases Reach 25,237
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In line with the same, many states and UTs have announced their decision to allow or not to allow resumption of normal classes. While Haryana government have given a go ahead to opening of schools for students of classes IX to XII, Kerala and UP have decided to close the schools this month too, in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. Also Read - Chinese President Xi Jinping Replaces 'Asur' in Bengal's Durga Idol; Picture Goes Viral
Here’s what the states have decided on reopening of schools from September 21.
Delhi: Schools in the national capital will remain shut till October 5. However last week, the Arvind Kejrwal-led government had issued a notification and said that students of classes 9 to 12 can visit their schools, in areas outside containment zones, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers.
Bihar: Issuing an order, Patna DM Kumar Ravi has allowed educational institutions to resume classes for students of classes 9 to 12 outside the containment zones.
Andhra Pradesh: Schools in Andhra Pradesh are also set to resume normal classes from September 21 for students of classes 9 to 12. The school authorities have also issued guidelines in this regard.
Haryana: The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government has also decided to start classes for students of Classes 10 to 12 in two state-run schools in Karnal and Sonipat districts on a trial basis, said reports.
Uttar Pradesh: In Uttar Pradesh, one of the BJP-ruled states, schools and other education institutions are likely to remain shut this month due to rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Kerala: In a bid to contain COVID-19 cases, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to shut schools, colleges and other educational institutions this month.
Uttarakhand: The Trivndra Singh Rawat-led government has also decided to not open schools till the end of this month.
Jammu and Kashmir: Schools to reopen in the erstwhile state on voluntary basis from Sept. 21.
Gujarat: After UP, Gujarat is the second BJP-ruled state which has decided against resumption of normal classes from Monday, i.e, September 21.
Assam: In Assam, students of classes IX -XII can visit their schools, in areas outside containment zones.
Tamil Nadu: All the classes would start functioning simultaneously, said the Tamil Nadu government. Ruling out shift-based classes and phased-reopening of educational institutions, state education minister K A Sengottaiyan said that schools across Tamil Nadu will open simultaneously once the pandemic situation is brought under control.
Punjab: Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed in Punjab for students and regular classes. Special Chief Secretary (Home) Satish Chandra, in an official statement, said 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed to attend schools at a time for online teaching/tele counseling and related work in areas outside the containment zones, only as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued on September 8 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Himachal Pradesh: The Himachal Pradesh government has given its nod to reopen educational institutions outside the containment zones in the state.
Madhya Pradesh: The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led MP government has decided to reopen schools partially from September 21 for students of classes 9 to 12.
However, states like West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Jharkhand, , Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim and others are yet to take a final decision on the resumption of classes.