Maharashtra Govt Permits Reopening of Schools for Classes V to VIII Starting Jan 27

Maharashtra Govt Permits Reopening of Schools for Classes V to VIII Starting Jan 27

The Maharashtra School Education Department issued a notice on Monday so as to allow schools in the state to restart in-person learning for Classes V to VIII starting January 27. This comes a few days after State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad signalled the government’s intentions to take this step.

The notification says that the State Health Department has agreed to reopen the schools while adding “The instructions of Central and state government regarding Covid-19 should be followed.”

“However, the concerned Zilla parishads, municipal councils and corporations should take precautions to ensure that schools and classes are reopened safely,” the notification further said.

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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. 

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A week ago, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray offered the approval to reopen schools for Classes 5 to 8 starting a day after Republic Day. Somewhat contrastingly, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had said last week that schools under its periphery will continue to remain closed until further notice. 

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