Sources in the state Department of Public Instruction revealed to DH that schools are likely to reopen from February 18 or 19.
Further, the department had even favoured holding regular classes from 10 am to 4 pm, during a meeting with the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee that was scheduled on Friday, but was put off.
“There is a lot of pressure from stakeholders and we have also received representations from parents, managements, teachers and educationists to reopen schools for all grades. We plan to present this at the meeting to obtain permission from the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee,” explained an official source.
Clarifying that off-line classes for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 were running smoothly, the official said, “The government is also mulling reopening anganwadis. Hence, we have also decided to reopen schools for grade 6 to 8.”
The department has decided not to reopen schools for classes from 1 to 5 for this academic year. But the government is mulling extending the Vidyagama programme for these grades from the third week of February.
Source: Deccan Herald (deccanherald.com)