‘Call On Reopening Colleges In Maharashtra Soon, Tests Till February 15 Online’
January 21, 2022
MUMBAI: After schools, a decision on reopening colleges is expected soon. Higher and technical education minister Uday Samant said a proposal will be sent to the CM. “Only fully vaccinated students will be allowed on campus,” said Samant. The minister, however, clarified that all exams declared till February 15 will be held online.
School education minister Varsha Gaikwad said all existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) will have to be adhered to by schools. Parental consent will continue to be mandatory for students’ physical attendance.
Environment minister Aditya Thackeray tweeted that all schools in Mumbai, including pre-primary, can restart from Monday. The CM’s decision cleared the proposal to allow nursery and kindergarten students to attend physical schools for the first time since the March 2020 lockdown.
There are over 5,000 pre-primary schools in the city waiting to reopen. Welcoming the decision to reopen pre-primary after around 22 months, Dr Swati Vats , president, Early Childhood Association, said schools and parents should maintain all safety protocols.
Anubha Sahai , president, India Wide Parents Association, felt schools in rural areas where online classes is a problem should be reopened first. “Parents in the city are still not confident about sending kids to schools. Transportation is another issue,” said Sahai.
Kavita Chatterjee, principal, Orchids - The International School, Kurla, said they need to monitor the situation for a while keeping the safety of students in mind. “Parents are equally frazzled and strained due to the new strains that show up at regular intervals,” she said.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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