Schools in Maharashtra to reopen for students from Classes 5-8

Information regarding the same was shared by School Education MInister, Varsha Gaikwad, who added that the department is seeking permission from the state health officials. Schools will only be reopened once the approval is sought.

Schools in Maharashtra to reopen for students from Classes 5-8

The department of education on Wednesday, December 9, announced that the government has planned to reopen schools for classes 5 to 8, and the same will soon be implemented once the state health department gives its approval. Information regarding the matter was shared by School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad.

Schools, colleges and educational institutions in the state have been shut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the government had been apprehensive of stating the same due to safety reasons. However, the state government recently allowed classes to resume for classes 9-12. District collectors and local authorities were asked to take decisions regarding the same, keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, in their respective areas.

Adding more, Minister Gaikwad, while addressing the media stated that the school education department is considering the options and discussions will soon be held with the officials from the health department. Further, thorough consideration will be given to resuming schools in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik, as COVID-19 cases have been on a rise, and necessary steps will have to be implemented before the permission is granted.

Authorities have also reached out to the schools and parents in this regards, and as per reports, the civic bodies will have to conduct RT-PCR tests of teaching and non-teaching staff before the classes begin.

Data reveals that more than three lakh students have been attending schools which reopened across 25 districts in the state on November 23, 2020

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