The Gujarat government on Wednesday announced that schools will not be reopened in the state from September 21 onwards.
The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting held in Gandhinagar chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Earlier the Centre had allowed states to reopen schools for Class 9 to 12 from September 21 onwards provided they followed all the norms.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Wednesday said that schools will not reopen from September 21 onwards. He said the decision has been taken in the interest of the students given the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Parents can now heave a sigh of relief as many were worried about the possibility of their ward contracting the disease if schools were reopened.
The government earlier said whether schools will eventually be opened or not is a decision that will be announced post-Diwali. The state has also asked schools to ensure that they function with only 50% staff even for online education.
It should be noted that schools in the state have been shut down since the lockdown came into force from March. As of now, classes are being held online and through television. The state is also mulling to reduce the syllabus to make up for the lost school days.
COVID-19 in Gujarat
Gujarat COVID-19 figures on Tuesday touched 1,16,345 as the state recorded 1,349 new cases. The state has recorded over 1,300 cases for 14 days now.
The state has in all recorded 16,389 active cases of which 96 are on ventilator support. The state also saw 17 fatalities due to the disease. Of this, four were recorded in Ahmedabad while five were in Surat.
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