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Local officials to decide on resuming offline classes: Gaikwad

August 13, 2021

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Thursday said it is up to the local officials to decide whether offline classes should resume at schools, taking the Covid-19 situation into consideration.

Asked about the confusion about the government’s announcement to resume more physical classes at schools from August 17, Gaikwad said the decision-making has been decentralized.

The opposition BJP, on the other hand, claimed there was no coordination in the government on the issue.

The state task force on COVID-19 at a meeting on Wednesday night opposed the decision to resume more classes at schools. Gaikwad was not present at the meeting.

The minister on Thursday said that municipal commissioners in urban areas and collectors and Zilla Parishad CEOs in rural areas have been given discretion to take decisions accordingly.

“There is no compulsion (on the state government’s part) to reopen schools. The COVID task force members were not aware of our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). There will be a meeting again. Our (education department’s) secretary is studying the SOP of the task force,” Gaikwad said.

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said there was no coordination between the task force, education minister Gaikwad and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on the issue, which is creating confusion.

All stakeholders should sit together and arrive at a consensus, the former chief minister said.

Also Read: School reopening status across India (August 2021)

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