The Gujarat state government had earlier stated that schools might reopen from November 23 but after the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases post-Diwali, the government has now reportedly shelved the idea of reopening schools until the next academic year.
“Under such circumstances, the government is not keen to consider any proposal of reopening schools,” officials said. As per experts, it will take at least six weeks for cases to reach pre-Diwali levels.
An official said, “We anticipate that Covid-19 cases are not likely to come down drastically before the end of the current academic year. Vaccine for the pandemic is also not likely to be available before the end of this academic year. The government is of the view that schools should not be opened until the next academic year, which is after the 2021 summer vacation.”
The official added, “The government could opt for mass promotion, while private schools will be free to conduct online examinations to evaluate the students. We could give students of government schools test papers, which they can answer from their homes.”
“The government is of the opinion that class X and XII board examinations ought to be held under stringent Covid-19 guidelines. to take a considered decision on the issue of board examinations. Board examination can also be postponed if the situation is not conducive,” officials said.
Source: Times of India
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