Schools in Maharashtra are reopening today as it got closed down in the view of the COVID 19 pandemic. Students are returning to schools after a year-and-a-half.
Maharashtra’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said it is not mandatory to attend offline classes. Students need to take the consent of their parents to resume schools on a regular basis.
Schools have reopened for classes 5 to 12 in the rural areas and however in urban areas, the schools have reopened for Classes 8 to 12 physically.
After a survey conducted by the state’s school education department, the decision to reopen schools was taken last month. A review meeting was held last week to discuss the matter among all senior officials in the state’s education department.
“With schools reopening Monday onwards,a meeting with senior education department officials, education officers across the state to assess preparedness. Officials gave some welcome suggestions during the meeting. These will surely help,” Gaikwad tweeted recently.
The Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) will help officials to resolve any hurdles occuring for reopening physical classes in schools.
“I have instructed education officers to personally visit schools and monitor reopenings…For a smooth transition to physical classes, effective coordination with health department, local administration will have to be maintained. We are committed to providing a conducive atmosphere to students, many among whom will be returning to class after a year and a half,” Gaikwad added.