Maharashtra to reopen schools for classes 1-12 from next week: Minister

  • Maharashtra School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad today said that from 24 January Maharashtra will be reopening schools for classes 1-12 with COVID protocols and CM Uddhav Thackeray has agreed to the proposal

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First Published20 Jan 2022
School children holding umbrellas walk along a road in rain at Sion, in Mumbai.
School children holding umbrellas walk along a road in rain at Sion, in Mumbai.(PTI)

Maharashtra School Education Minister,  today said that from 24 January Maharashtra will be reopening schools for classes 1-12 with COVID protocols and CM Uddhav Thackeray has agreed to the proposal. 

“We have also decided to open pre-primary schools (from January 24),” said Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister

Earlier this month, the Maharashtra government had announced the closure of schools in the state till February 15 as the number of coronavirus cases started spiralling from December amid the emergence of the new Omicron variant. 

"After COVID cases rose, the government decided not to continue with the school (offline) sessions. But after discussion with the experts, it has been decided to start the sessions where the number of cases is low based on the local COVID-19 situation," Gaikwad said. 

"A proposal has been sent to the chief minister. It states that reopening of schools should be considered from Monday and all the power to do so should be given to the local authorities (municipal commissioners, district collectors, chief executive officers, education officers," the school education minister added. 

A decision on this is expected to be taken this week, she said. She expressed hope that the chief minister would positively look into the proposal. Stressing the need to inoculate students in the age group of 15 to 18 years, the minister urged teaching and non-teaching staff to get fully vaccinated.

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