The Government of Uttar Pradesh has announced to reopen schools from 16th August 2021, but only for higher and intermediate classes that are from Class 9 to 12 and only with 50 percent attendance.
Similarly, the state government has said that the classes in higher education institutes like colleges and universities will begin from September 1 as per the pre-decided schedule.
The decision for the reopening of educational institutes was taken in a review meeting held by the higher officials. The meeting was headed by the honorable Chief Mister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.
A detailed set of guidelines for reopening will be released soon. Until that, the government has ordered the universities and colleges to commence the admission process for new batches from 5th August.
Updates from the Government officials;
According to the statement of Mr. Navneet Sehgal, The Additional Chief Secretary for the UP government, the schools will celebrate 75th Independence Day on 15th August and students of higher and intermediate classes will also be called to participate.
following the day, the physical classes for students will begin on August 16. Classes will be held with only half capacity and while following the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The schools and colleges are ordered to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols so that the risk of viral infection among students can be minimized.
Students are also requested to maintain COVID-appropriate behavior. Safety measures like the use of masks and hand sanitizers, maintaining social distance, and regular hand wash will be compulsory on-premises.
The reason behind reopening;
The decision of reopening education institutes is taken by the government because the state has seen a considerable decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases which has led to improvement in pandemic situations.
The decision is also inspired by other states who have already reopened the schools or are going to do the same. A few of these states are Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh.