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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation puts stay order on reopening of schools and colleges

Alok Parekh

Reopening of schools and colleges in Mumbai is put at halt by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation decides to stop the reopening of schools and colleges in Mumbai suburban.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, or popularly known as the BMC, has put a stay order on the offline reopening of schools and colleges situated in Mumbai suburban till any further notices. According to an announcement made earlier, the schools and colleges were supposed to reopen on January 16. But, in another announcement made recently, Varsha Gaikwad - who is the Education Minister of Maharashtra – announced that schools for fifth to eighth grades will be reopening from Wednesday, January 27.

Based on a circular issued by the BMC, all the schools and colleges would remain closed due to the pandemic. Since the second wave of the novel coronavirus is detected in some states of the country, the decision to put a halt to the offline opening of schools was made. However, there is still no update for the schools that run in Mumbai under consulates and embassies that were expected to reopen from Monday, January 18.
According to the previous circular, several education boards are permitted to conduct physical examinations from January 18. The order also states that the members of the International Schools Association (ISA), Cambridge Board, can conduct preliminary or pre-planned examinations for classes 9 to 12. There are many schools in the state that have recommenced their operations for classes 9 to 12 in districts and areas of the state other than Mumbai and Thane from November 23, with necessary precautions. The precautionary measures taken by those schools were set by the civic body from time to time. In addition to following those rules, the ones laid out by the State and Central Governments are to be followed. The Health & Education Ministry has given security guidelines. Schools in Nashik and Nagpur have also reopened on Monday, January 4, for classes 9 to 12 whereas the schools in urban and rural areas of the district resumed in the first week of January.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra State Board Examinations are expected to begin after April 15 for HSC and after May 1 for SSC students. After sharing the possible dates for the board exams, Varsha Gaikwad said that the government is considering the dates and a decision will be taken soon.


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