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Decision on opening schools & colleges on 14 April, after reviewing Covid-19 situation

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal says classes are being conducted through online platforms & it will be ensured that there is no academic loss if lockdown is extended

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New Delhi: The government will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Sunday.

In an interview to PTI, he said the safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government and his ministry is prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if schools and colleges needed to remain shut beyond April 14.

“It is difficult to take a decision at the moment. We will review the situation on April 14 and depending upon the circumstances, a decision will be taken on whether schools and colleges can be reopened now or have to be closed for more time,” Pokhriyal said when asked about his Ministry’s post-lockdown plan.

“There are 34 crore students in the country, more than America’s population. They are our biggest treasure. Safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government,” he added.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. There have been indications from the government that the lockdown may not be extended.

However, classes in schools and colleges were already suspended before the lockdown was announced.

“The classes are already being conducted online using various government platforms like Swayam. We are prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if need arises to keep schools, colleges closed after April 14.

“I am regularly reviewing the plan of action being followed by schools and colleges during the lockdown. A plan is also ready for conducting pending exams and evaluation as soon as the situation improves and the lockdown is lifted,” Nishank said.

Also read: This is how Modi govt plans to resume classes in schools in April despite lockdown

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  1. Colleges for final and second last year students can get opened and through this social distancing will be there due to less no. of students and also students whose graduation is of last year don’t have to suffer much. Because for final year students its time for placements and new jobs opportunities. For students of 1st and 2nd year, online classes may go on.

  2. The bars and meat selling shops and such restaurants or vendors must not be open. Also cinemas must be closed. This will protect from spreading.

  3. Schools are start after 14 april 2020 yes or noIn Maharashtra 9 the exam are postponed or not

  4. Many centrally sponsored CBSE schools which are scheduled to start the new academic year from 1 April have decided reopen school only on 1 June after summer holidays which means the new academic year would begin from 1 June. The teachers, of course have been asked to report on 15 April as of now. The teachers have been asked to prepare work sheets and videos of respective characters from each subject which they plan to send thru emails to parents who will have to help the kids. It is unclear how many parents usr e mail. Many School still have to create portals for either parents or children to access. I don’t know the HRD minister is even aware of reality at ground level.

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