Maharashtra to reopen schools online from July 15 — no online classes for children till class II

IANS

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray allowed reopening schools in the state.
  • However, the state government said that the classes will resume on a pilot basis in the urban areas and the rest will be covered through digital learning.
  • While in the rural areas, the schools will resume operations only in the COVID free zones — the areas that have not reported any coronavirus positive cases in at least a month.
  • But the state government has not allowed the schools to conduct online classes for kindergarten children to class II.
  • The students in classes III to XII will have 1-3 hours of online classes.
Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray allowed reopening schools in the state.

“CM Uddav Thackeray approved to start the academic year through online medium from June 15, 2020. Detailed instructions will be posted shortly. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents,” the state Minister of School Education, Varsha Gaikwad said in a tweet.

However, the state government said that the classes will resume on a pilot basis in the urban areas and the rest will be covered through digital learning. While in the rural areas, the schools will resume operations only in the COVID-free zones — the areas that have not reported any coronavirus positive cases in at least a month.
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This comes after the proposal by the state education department that seeks to reopen schools in a phased manner. As per the proposal, the primary students — classes I to V — are likely to get back to physical classes in September while VI and VII class students will resume classes in August.

But the state government has not allowed the schools to conduct online classes for kindergarten children to class II. However, the students in classes III to XII will have 1-3 hours of online classes.

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The directive said that the students should be given adequate breaks between two classes.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of cases in the state stood at 107,958, as on June 15.

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1 in every 10 new patients tested in India is COVID-19 positive — and that just means community transmission is underway but not everywhere
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