Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Schools to reopen in Mumbai from 4 October for class 8 to 12

Schools to reopen in Mumbai from 4 October for class 8 to 12

The schools in Mumbai are setting to reopen for physical learning for classes 8 to 12 from 4 October, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Wednesday.

The announcement comes amid speculations as Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar last week hinted at the reopening of schools in Mumbai after Diwali as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said while speaking to news agency ANI.

"We are reopening schools for class 8 to 12 in Mumbai with effect from 4 October. We will make a decision for rest of the class in November. All Covid-19 SOPs issued by the government will be implemented,"

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State education minister Varsha Gaikwad had earlier announced that schools in Maharashtra's rural areas for classes 5 to 12 and the urban regions for classes 8 to 12 would resume from 4 October onwards. The minister mentioned that a detailed standard operating procedure would be sent to teachers and school administrators.

She, however, clarified that any decision in this regard would be taken after considering the safety of children. "Though schools will reopen in entire state, there is no mandate for students to attend physical class. Parents' permisssion will be necessary if they want to attend," the education minister quoted as saying by PTI.

In July, the Maharashtra government allowed the reopening of schools for physical classes in the rural areas where the prevalence of coronavirus infection was negligible. However, schools in major cities like Mumbai and Pune remained shut.

On Friday, the Maharashtra government decided to resume physical classes in schools from 4 October, announced state Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, adding that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved the decision.

Gaikwad said that the latest decision was after consulting health officials and the state government's Covid-19 task force.

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