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Maharashtra government to decide on reopening classes for 1 to 4 later, informs Varsha Gaikwad

The Maharashtra School Education Minister has stated that the state government is yet to decide the reopening of schools for students of standard 1 to 4.

Maharashtra government to decide on reopening classes for 1 to 4 later, informs Varsha Gaikwad
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According to reports, on Wednesday, January 27, Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister stated that the Maharashtra government is yet to decide the reopening of schools for students of standard 1 to 4th.

Meanwhile, schools across the state are all geared up to resume classes from today, January 27, for students of standard 5th to 8th. The state government will make the decision regarding the reopening of schools for the rest of the classes if the resumption of higher classes goes smooth today.

In a statement, the minister further said, "Schools have been sanitized (for reopening). We have appealed to parents to send their wards to schools wearing masks. Once we succeed in it (smoothly running the classes from tomorrow), we will consider restarting classes up to 4th standard,"

According to an official from the state education department, "Some 22 lakh students have started attending these classes (for 9 to 12) in 22,204 schools in the state. Now we are reopening schools for students of classes 5 to 8 from tomorrow (January 27), where 78.47 lakh students are enrolled,"

Schools across the state have been shut since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though some districts of the state had reopened schools in November (Classes IX to XII), regions like Mumbai, its suburbs, Pune, Thane, and Nashik weren’t allowed to reopen due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Moreover, a week ago, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray offered the approval to reopen schools for Classes 5 to 8 starting a day after Republic Day.

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