After a prolonged blip in the education sector due to COVID-19, the Maharashtra government, after several discussion has finally come to a decision to reopen schools after having shut them for the past one and a half years. As per the announcement schools will reopen from the 4th of October 2021.
Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad giving further details stated that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with the task force and health department has approved the decision of resuming schools in the state of Maharashtra.
Nonetheless, the decision to reopen schools in several major cities was revoked due to the fears in any possibility of a third wave with the outbreak of coronavirus.
However the State Government is positive about reopening schools and has given the green light to start schools after Diwali provided if COVID situation remains under control.
As per the announcement by the Education Minister, the schools in rural areas will resume from Class 5 to 12 and in urban areas from Class 8 to 12.
Varsha Gaikwad stated that the state government is making efforts to bring back children to school and that they have empowered the local authorities to take decisions at their level based on the local situation as Maharashtra had earlier formed a committee to set guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of schools.
– Caroliyn Ravi, NMTV News