Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma has informed that the chances of state’s decision of partial reopening of schools from September 21 are extremely bleak as the number of coronavirus cases in the state have been rising.

Schools may remain closed this month

The Deputy Chief Minister, Dinesh Sharma said, “It is very unlikely that schools can be allowed to function partially. It is not possible to run schools, even partially, at least, for this month. Safety of the students is a big issue and it cannot be compromised.”

As per the MHA’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 on a voluntary basis to seek guidance from teachers has been allowed by the Government.  According to some leading news agencies, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would be taking a final call on whether schools will reopen this month or not.

The Uttar Pradesh government, however, has no such plans to allow the partial reopening of schools. Parents have also been strongly opposed to the idea of sending their children during the pandemic.

UP Board would also be holding the compartmental exams during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For this, the board has put in place various important steps and guidelines that ensure the safety of all students and staff members during the exams. In line with the guidelines, UP Board 10th and 12th Compartmental Exam 2020 would be conducted in strict adherence to the precautionary measures and SOPs released by the board.

Talking about the other states reopening schools, Delhi being among the worst-hit states by the pandemic has decided not to reopen its schools in September. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal decided to keep all educational institutions closed in the state until September 30, 2020. Although, special permissions have been granted to Class 9 to 12 students who may go to school on a voluntary basis. This is however only valid for those who reside outside containment zones.