On Wednesday, minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama stated that in light of the COVID-19 situation in the state the government of Gujarat has decided against reopening schools from September 21 .
During a cabinet meet presided over by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar, the education minister adding on to more information said that the decision was taken by the state government “in the interest of students”.
Earlier this month, while announcing the “Unlock-4” guidelines, respective states shall be taking decision from September 21 for Classes 9 to 12 for final call to reopen schools, said Chudasama to the reporters.
According to the Centre’s SOPs, from September 21 with their parents’ permission the students can visit schools to take guidance from teachers, he stated to the reporters.
The minister said that “From September 21, for states to implement these SOPs, the Centre had clarified that it’s not compulsory. If students gather at one place, there is a risk of transmission of the virus . In the present situation it is not advisable for students to visit schools”.
Hence, from September 21 the state government has decided not to reopen schools and once the situation improves appropriate decision will be taken , till then in the state online education will continue.