Amid the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the schools across the country are closed from mid-March. Thousands of students and parents are concerned about the re-opening of schools. As per reports, Education Ministry has not set any specific timeline for the reopening of schools.
There have been rumours that the HRD Ministry has already outlined a plan to reopen schools in Sept. However, putting all rumours to rest, the Ministry confirmed that no such plan has been prepared for reopening of Schools in the near future.
As per the media reports, so far Education Ministry has not received a positive reply from any of the states and union territories about reopening of schools. In fact, majority of the state across the country are against the decision and instead have recommended completion of syllabus for the first half of the year through online learning.
One of the biggest concerns for the Education Ministry and the respective state governments with regards to reopening of schools is the consistent rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, despite school closure. Once schools reopen, movement of students might lead to a further spike in this number.
However, reports have also hinted that the Central Government might only share an advisory in this direction along with the necessary SOPs and Guidelines and may not issue specific orders.