New Delhi: As India entered the fifth phase of unlock, the Central Government has issued the order on reopening of school-colleges from October 15 in all the states under the guidelines of Unlock 5.0. But some states are still concerned about the reopening of schools because it can lead to an immediate rise in the number of coronavirus cases, which is a major health risk.
However, many states gearing up to open schools, while many have decided to keep the schools shut till Diwali.
The Centre’s Unlock 5.0 guideline notifies that all schools, colleges located outside COVID-19 containment zone can be reopened from October 15.
States including Haryana and Meghalaya are yet to take a decision in this regard. While Delhi, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh have decided not to open schools yet.
Here are the latest updates on the decision of different states regarding the reopening of schools:
Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday (October 10, 2020) announced that schools can reopen for class 9 to 12 students from Oct 19.
Punjab: The Government of Punjab has issued new guidelines to open schools from October 15 onwards. As per the new notification issued by the Punjab government, only classes 9 to 12 would be allowed initially and not more than 20 students per section will be allowed.
Delhi: The national capital has made a decision to not open schools before October 31. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister have already made it clear that all the schools will remain closed till 31 October.
Meghalaya: The Meghalaya government has asked the parents to seek their opinions before a final decision on the schools reopening. As per the Education Minister Lahmen Rimbui, the state government has decided that the upper primary schools will be reopened only to solve the study questions of students of classes 6, 7 and 8.
Andhra Pradesh: Andhra government says that schools would not be reopened in the state before November 2.
West Bengal: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also made it clear that the schools will remain closed for the time being, the government will take a decision in this regard only in mid-November.