Maharashtra schools to reopen from October 4: Varsha Gaikwad

School reopening: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved reopening of schools in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra schools to reopen from October 4: Varsha Gaikwad Maharashtra school reopening
Vagisha Kaushik | Sep 24, 2021 - 5:59 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Maharashtra government has decided to reopen schools from October 4, education minister Varsha Gaikwad said as per ANI report.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray along with the health department have approved the decision of reopening schools in Maharashtra, the report said.

“The schools in Maharashtra will reopen from October 4th. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved this, the task force and health department have also approved the decision of reopening schools in the state: Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra Minister for School Education,” Asian News Network said in a social media post.

While in rural areas, physical classes will resume for Classes 5 to 12, schools will reopen in urban areas for classes 8 to 12.

“In rural areas classes will resume from std 5th to 12th and in urban areas from std 8th to 12th. Govt is making efforts to bring back children to schools. Local authorities have been given powers: Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra Minister for School Education,” ANI said.

The Maharashtra government has also said that classes will continue in blended mode (online plus offline). Students will have to get their parents’ consent for coming to school.

ANI further said: “Students will come to schools only with consent of their parents, attendance will not be made compulsory for any beneficiary scheme or exam. Students will be able to receive education through both online and offline mediums. Our content is available on YouTube too: Varsha Gaikwad.”

Recently, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Assam, and Haryana reopened schools for different classes in their respective states with COVID-19 protocols.

The state governments have issued COVID-19 guidelines for both government and private schools to follow, which include the compulsory wearing of marks, maintaining social distancing and proper sanitation.

Jammu schools also reopened on September 20 after remaining closed for months to prevent the spread of coronavirus, for students of classes 10 and 12 in accordance with the fresh government guidelines.

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