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Maharashtra schools not to open from August 17, Uddhav govt postpones decision

The Maharashtra government on Thursday deferred the reopening of schools, which was scheduled to resume from August 17, news agency IANS reported. The decision came after a meeting of the Covid-19 Task Force held late on Wednesday. 

India TV Education Desk Edited by: India TV Education Desk Mumbai Published on: August 12, 2021 17:01 IST
Maharashtra schools not to open from August 17, Uddhav govt
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Maharashtra schools not to open from August 17, Uddhav govt postpones decision

The Maharashtra government on Thursday deferred the reopening of schools, which was scheduled to resume from August 17, news agency IANS reported. The decision came after a meeting of the Covid-19 Task Force held late on Wednesday. 
 
The task force advocated against the resumption of offline classes for students. The meeting was Chaired by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and attended by Task Force members, education and health department officials as well as a few district collectors. 
 
It decided that while some of the schools in rural areas, where there is no threat from coronavirus will continue to function, all other schools in the state -- shut since March 2020 -- will not restart from August 17 as was planned earlier.
 
Meanwhile, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik pointed out that in certain other states like Punjab, where schools were allowed to reopen, there was a sharp increase in the number of juvenile Covid patients.
 
However, experts were of the view that since there is no vaccination available for the children who could be vulnerable to the infection, decision on reopening the schools should not be taken immediately.
 
 
Now, the Task Force, Education Department officials will meet and discuss the matter with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who would take a final call on the issue.
 
Presently, offline classes from Std VII-XII are allowed with restrictions and Covid-19 protocols, but students in the lower classes will not be able to return to schools until further orders.
 
(With IANS inputs)

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