Schools likely to reopen in August, says HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Covid-19 vaccine will take at least 1 yr to be available’

HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal revealed that schools and colleges will reopen after the month of August if the situation is conducive. “If the situation is conducive and the Home Ministry permits then we can reopen schools in August. The schools are likely to be reopened after August 15. The schools and colleges have been shut since when the country went into a lockdown on March 23 to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic said by, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the fourth phase of the lockdown came towards its end in May, reports of schools and colleges reopening surfaced. Students in classes below 8 would remain at home, as per the reports which also stated that schools and colleges would reopen in July with 30 per cent attendance.

The reports also stated that Green and Orange zones would be the first to reopen educational institutes with social distancing rules in place. Moreover, it was said that school would take place in two shifts.

But the current coronavirus situation in India is worsening with the increase in number of cases across the nation. With that said, the HRD minister came out with a conclusion on the state of schools and colleges in India.

We are trying to get declared all the results from the examinations this session by August 15,” said the HRD Minister in an interview.

During the interview, the minister said that the results of the pending CBSE examination can be expected before August 15, after which the new academic session will begin. The CBSE board exams will be held from July 1 to 15, while ICSE/ ISC will conduct the exams from July 1 to 12.

The NCERT is exploring a new system for opening schools, while the UGC is working out modalities for higher educational institutes, including colleges and universities for the upcoming session, he stated. A task force will be created to maintain sanitization, health standards in schools.

Covid-19 vaccine will take at least 1 yr to be available’

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