Schools to reopen in Maharashtra from 17 August

Schools to reopen in Maharashtra from 17 August

Maharashtra will reopen schools for students from Classes 5-7 in rural areas from 17 August, state Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Friday.

In cities, the state government will reopen schools for Classes 8 to 12 while following COVID19 protocol, the minister said.

Gaikwad said.

"In rural areas where class of std 8th to 12th had started already, those of standards 5th to 7th will be resume too. In urban areas where no physical classes were being held, those of standards 8th to 12th will be restarted first," 

However, Schools to reopen in Maharashtra but only will be opened only in the areas where Covid infection figures are consistently low, she said, adding that committees will be forming for each location. It will decide anyway to open schools for numerous classes or not.

Classes for std 7th to 12th so far are permitted in districts with cases. Most of the sections are in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

But the concession was not extending to cities such as Mumbai and Pune because of more Covid cases there.

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Last month, the state had opened nearly 6,000 schools in rural areas for classes 8 to 12. At least 5,947 schools had resumed offline classes for standards 8 to 12 in rural areas that were not detecting Covid-19 cases.

Kolhapur saw the maximum number of schools reopening at 940, followed by Aurangabad (631), Yavatmal (502), and Jalna (447), among others.

On 2 August, the Maharashtra government relaxed Covid restrictions in 14 districts. The government said that it was satisfying that the state was threatening the spread of corona. Thus it was imperative to continue emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.

The order said that the restrictions imposed for level 3 be continuing for: Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Beed, Raigad, and Palghar.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that shops would remain open till 8 pm instead of 4 pm in the districts where Covid infections have been reducing.

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