Gujarat government rolls-back the decision to reopen schools and colleges from November 23, 2020, due to rising numbers of Corona cases.
Highlights on Reopening of Schools and Colleges:
Mumbai: The Gujarat government has decided to roll-back its earlier decision of reopening of schools and colleges from November 23, 2020. The roll-back was announced by the Chief Minister’s Office via Twitter. No new dates have been announced for re-opening of the schools and colleges. The decision comes in the wake of a massive spike and rising number of COVID19 cases in the state. A night curfew has also been imposed in the state, while the city of Ahmedabad will also see a weekend curfew for the upcoming weekend.
Prior to the rise of COVID cases, the State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chaudasma had announced the reopening of schools for class 9 to class 12 and for college students in the final year. All the SOPs and guidelines were also issued to schools and colleges for safe reopening. While the state was planning to get things back on track for students, the surge in the COVID19 cases seems to have derailed the plan for now.
The reopening of schools across the country seems to have run into similar issues. Haryana government has also decided to shut the schools after 150 students were found Corona positive since the reopening of the schools. Uttarakhand government also had to take a similar call after students and teachers were found Corona positive.
Reopening of schools and colleges amid the prevailing pandemic is becoming a critical issue for state governments. With over half the year gone, states are trying to reopen the schools and colleges to make up for the lost time. However, the rising Corona cases or spread amongst students has led to the shutting of reopened educational institutions.
States like Delhi Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu are a few states who have not made any announcement with regards to the opening of schools and colleges.