According to recent press reports, the state government of Uttar Pradesh announced that public schools and training facilities will remain closed in Uttar Pradesh until April 30, 2021. The decision has been taken into account given the increase in COVID-cases in the state. The state government has also announced that the planned tests will take place during this period. The announcement was made by UP Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath following a review of the current situation in the state. After the resolution was passed, schools also closed offline classes for students in grades 1-12 in public and private schools until the end of the month.
While schools in the state have been closed, the government has allowed schools to continue taking the tests they had scheduled according to the previously announced schedule. Exams can be scheduled on time and teachers and other staff can attend schools, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. The decision to close schools in the state was made in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. On April 10, UP reported 12,787 new coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths, with the death toll increasing to 9,085 and the number of infections increasing to 6,76,739.
In light of the evolving situation related to the pandemic and the upcoming Panchayat elections, Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad also postponed UP Council reviews 10 and 12 until 2021. Additionally, 12th grade board exams will begin on May 8 and run through May 28, 2021. These exams were previously scheduled for April.