Himachal Pradesh shuts educational institutions after surge in COVID cases

Himachal Pradesh

Due to a spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to close all educational institutions for a fortnight. The information has been given by cabinet minister Suresh Bhardwaj.

The decision to close educational institutions from November 11 to November 25 was taken during the meeting, parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Bhardwaj said.

Bhardwaj said the cabinet decided to grant special vacation to all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from November 11 to November 25 for students, teaching and non-teaching staff in view of the COVID-19 situation.

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The education institutions had recently opened after a lockdown was imposed in the state in March to check the spread of coronavirus. The state cabinet also decided to recommend to the Governor to convene the state assembly winter session from December 7 to December 11 in Dharamshala while it agreed on organising the next Janmanch on December 5.

Bhardwaj said the Cabinet has decided to order the closure of all schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics and coaching institutes for students as well as teaching and non-teaching staff for a fortnight beginning Wednesday.

However, teachers and students at some schools tested positive for the coronavirus immediately before or after the reopening, including 92 students and staff at a single school in Jogindernagar.

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