Chandigarh schools not to reopen till further orders: Govt

Chandigarh schools not to reopen till further orders: Govt

CHANDIGARH [Maha Media]: The Chhattisgarh government has said schools in the state will continue to remain closed till further orders in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move welcomed by many parents. As per the Centre’s guidelines, state governments can take the decision about reopening of schools after October 15.

However, the Chhattisgarh cabinet on Thursday decided that in view of the pandemic situation in the state, schools will continue to remain shut.

Hailing the move, Chhattisgarh Parents’ Association (CPA), a state-level body, has demanded that the central and state governments declare this academic session as “zero year” for students till Class 8 and promote them to the next class.

“Safety of children is the priority of every parent and sending them to school in the present peak situation of the virus outbreak will put their life at risk,” CPA president Kristopher Paul said.

“The government should declare the 2020-21 academic session as zero year for classes from nursery till 8 and promote the students to the next class,” said Paul, whose son is in Class 6 in a private school in Rajnandgaon town.

He said students of classes 9 to 12 should be given assignments and projects for their final evaluation, but schools should also not be opened for them till the COVID-19 situation is under control. Echoing similar views, Pradip Dongre, a sub-engineer with the irrigation department in Dantewada, said the current situation is not conducive for physical classes.

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