Maharashtra Schools would reopen from January 27, 2021 for classes 5 to 8. Maharashtra State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad yesterday announced the decision. The schools for classes 9 to 12 have already been reopened in most parts of state.
Barring Mumbai region, most of the districts in Maharashtra are now permitted schools to reopen for students of classes 9 to 12. Following the relative success, the government has permitted reopening for students of classes 5 to 8 under Phase 2.
Taking to twitter, Gaikwad wrote, ” In continuation of our plan to reopen schools in a phase wise manner, today I discussed my department’s proposal to reopen schools for Std 5th to 8th from January 27 onwards with @OfficeofUT ji, who was kind enough to approve it.” Watch her message in the tweet below.
Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC and Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to keep the schools closed at present. BMC had earlier closed the schools in the city municipal limits till January 15. Releasing a fresh order, the closure has been extended till further orders.
Reopening Schools in India
For most of the states, the schools have started to reopen. Delhi Government has also decided to reopen schools for students of classes 10 and 12 to help prepare for board exams. Telangana Government, on the other hand, would be reopening the schools from February 1, 2021.
Schools in India were closed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the pandemic. The closure was extended and continued through most of the Unlocks. Central Government allowed reopening of schools in phased manner under Unlock 5.0 but left the final decision with states.
Subsequently most of the states have reopened the schools in different phases. Assam became one of the first states to reopen schools for all students. Telangana and West Bengal are the two states that have not yet reopened schools in any capacity.