Situation unsuitable for reopening schools, colleges: Maharashtra minister

Situation unsuitable for reopening schools, colleges: Maharashtra minister

Pan: Maharashtra’s Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samanta said in the wake of the Kovid-19 epidemic on Tuesday, the situation in the state is not suitable for allowing physical classrooms in schools and colleges.

Samant held a review meeting with officials of Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Talking to reporters here after the meeting, he said that the situation of Kovid-19 in Maharashtra is not normal.

“Therefore, it is not appropriate to conduct physical classes. We have also directed educational institutions to avoid collection of development fees from students as there are no physical classes,” he said.

The Maharashtra government, in its latest lockdown guidelines issued on September 30, said that schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions in the state would remain closed.

As part of its unlock process to get the economy back on track, the state government has allowed some business activities to open up following the Kovid-19 containment protocol, but educational institutions have been directed to remain closed.

Schools and colleges in the state have been closed since the nationwide lockout was announced in March this year.

Many educational institutions are conducting online classes and examinations as part of the new academic session.

As of Monday, there were 14,53,653 Kovid-19 cases and 38,347 deaths due to the disease in Maharashtra.

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