The schools and colleges were reopened in Gujarat amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
The concerned authorities have been allowed to reopen the schools for class 10 and 12, and college for final years students of Graduation and post-graduation. The schools and colleges were closed 9 ago after the outbreak of COVID-19 across the country.
Explaining COVID-19 safety measures, the Education Minister of the State Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that students, teachers, and non-teaching staff must wear a mask and maintain social distancing when they go to their campuses.
According to a release issued by the state government, on the first day of schools and colleges after 9 months, several state ministers and BJP MLAs were present to welcome students at different schools in Gujarat.
The Education Minister joined the staff at a school in Kalol town to welcome the students. And the Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja was available at a school in the Vastral area of Ahmedabad to welcome students.
“There is great enthusiasm among students as schools and colleges are reopening after a long covid-19 vacation. Apart from reopening colleges for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, we have decided to open schools for classes 10 and 12 because of the upcoming board exams,” Chudasama said was reported as saying in media reports.
To join schools, students require their parents’ consent. The state government has also clarified that their attendance isn’t mandatory. The virtual classes will continue as before.
In 2020, the government had decided to reopen secondary schools and colleges after the Diwali vacation. However, it was decided to keep them close after the sudden spread of the COVID-19 across the country.