New Delhi: Schools and colleges will reopen across India after August 2020, most probably after August 15, said Union HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal. Notably, all educational institutions have been shut since mid-March, some of them from March 25 when the nationwide lockdown started to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Rahul Vohra Dies of Covid-19 Hours After Seeking Help For 'Better Treatment So That He Can Survive'
“After August the process of opening schools will be started. A final decision in this regard will be taken only after assessing the prevailing conditions. After August, new sessions will also start in universities”, the HRD minister said during a discussion. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Govt Takes BIG Decision For Pregnant Women, Disabled Employees. Details Here
He added,”We hope that the results of both 10th and 12th class will be declared by August 15. These include the results of previous exams and the results of examinations in July.” Also Read - Rajasthan Royals Pacer Chetan Sakariya's Father Passes Away Due to COVID-19
On the other hand, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has also written to the HRD ministry on the subject of reopening schools.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in the letter, “Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said some time ago that we have to learn to live with coronavirus. So it would be better to open schools with proper safety measures.”
Sisodia said that first of all, we have to assure every child that they are important to us. Everyone has equal rights over the physical and intellectual environment of his school. Education cannot progress beyond online classes only. It would be impossible to pursue education only by calling older children to school and keeping younger children at home.
The Haryana government, on the other hand, has decided to reopen the schools next month– in a phased manner. Speaking to reporters, Education minister Kanwar Pal said that the state government will take feedback from stakeholders, including parents, teachers and experts and then it will take a final call on resumption of classes.
In the first phase, Classes 10-12 would be started in July, followed by Classes 6-9, and in the last phase Classes 1-5 would begin, he said. The colleges and university classes will begin in August, the minister stated.
Last month, a section of media had reported that schools and colleges will reopen by July in a zone-wise manner, starting from Green and Orange districts across the nation. Later, the Union Home Ministry clarified that no decision has been taken yet on opening of education institutions.
An edited image of a Hindi news channel, claiming that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod to state all states to open schools was also doing rounds on social media. However, the rumour was busted by the spoksperson of MHA on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
“No such decision taken by MHA. All Educational institutions are still prohibited to open, throughout the country (sic),” the spokesperson had tweeted.