MHRD suggests opening schools after August 15th; Leaves decision with state govts

The Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that the schools will most probably open around August 15 if the situation is brought under control. While addressing to BBC he said that “If the situation is conducive and the Home Ministry permits then we can open schools in August. The schools are likely to be reopened after August 15.”

The schools have been shut down throughout from March 23. The Minister also reported that all the pending exams will be conducted soon and the results can be expected by August 15. The new academic session will start afterward. The CBSE board exams will be held from July 1 to 15, while ICSE/ ISC will conduct the exams from July 1 to 12.

In addition to that, all the necessary precautions have been planned for the schools. He mentioned in a webinar that the schools will operate based on the guidelines given. Proper sanitizing, social distancing all will be taken into account. He said that “It is quite possible that classes would be able to incapacitate only 30 percent of students they used to have before coronavirus. These modalities are being worked out by NCERT.”

A task force is being prepared on to maintain sanitization, health standards in schools. The NCERT and UGC are planning its ways to improve the academic activities for schools and colleges respectively.

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