According to the latest update, the Uttar Pradesh state government has decided to close schools for eighth grade students from March 24 to March 31, 2021 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Also, as a precautionary measure, the state government has asked all educational institutions not to take exams to remain closed during this period. The decision follows 46,951 cases reported yesterday in the country. Of these, 488 have been reported in UP. The total load of active UP cases was 3,036 active cases yesterday.
The decision to close schools for eighth grade students across the state was made by the state government in light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The decision was made at a high-level meeting chaired by UP CM Yogi Adityanath with senior officials from the Task Force. The UP schools were gradually reopened starting in November 2020 with the approval of the central government. Since the beginning of this year, classes were authorized for all students.
In light of the recent increase in coronavirus cases across the country, several state governments have decided to close schools as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the infection. According to media reports, the states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, etc., as well as Uttar Pradesh, are closing schools again due to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Several state governments have already taken difficult steps to control the spread of the virus by imposing local closures and closing schools, cinemas and other venues.