Mumbai : On Friday Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved the decision of reopening schools in Maharashtra. The Covid-19 task force and the state health department have also approved the decision of reopening schools in the state, Gaikwad said.
Education Minister said that schools will be reopening from 4th October. Maharashtra government is making efforts to bring students back to school. Schools will resume for limited classes only. As per the announcement made by Varsha Gaikwad, in rural areas offline classes will start for students from class 5 to class12 and in urban areas for students from class 8 to 12.
The schools in Maharashtra will reopen from October 4th. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved this, the task force and health department have also approved the decision of reopening schools in the state: Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra Minister for School Education pic.twitter.com/HD9GVigOnH— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2021
This move was taken by state government after School Education Department had sent a proposal to the CM for resumption of physical classes in schools.
Several states have resumed with offline classes, in schools and colleges with 50 per cent attendance. The State Government will take a call on decision of reopening colleges in Maharashtra after 2nd October.
The deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday stated that the colleges will be reopening in a phase-wise manner after reviewing the Covid-19 situations in the state. It is also mandatory for students above 18 years to be fully vaccinated. The decision to reopen schools will be taken with extra caution as the vaccine for children is not available yet across the state.
The pediatric Covid task force has suggested that the schools and educational institutes should set up a monitoring committee to review the Covid-19 situation in their localities and take a decision to reopen the educational institutions.
Meanwhile, the Kerala education department has announced to resume colleges in the state from October 4 onwards after a gap of over a year. As per the reports, classes for the final semesters of degree and post-graduate courses will be starting, strictly adhering to COVID-19 health protocols.