In the wake of the massive surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday announced that all schools in its jurisdiction will remain closed till the end of this year, i.e, December 31, 2020. However, schools can reopen from November 23 in other parts of the state, strictly adhering to all safety protocols.
Since the past few days, the daily case count of COVID-19 patients has been going up once again in Mumbai, and thus, to ensure that students’ lives are not risked, the authorities have made the decision to keep the schools shut for now.
The Maharashtra government had earlier announced that schools s will reopen for students of Class 9 to Class 12 from November 23. The state education department also made it mandatory for teachers to undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 before the schools reopen, so as to minimize the risk of the virus.
“All schools in BMC jurisdiction to remain closed till 31st December. The decision has been taken in the wake of rise in coronavirus cases in Mumbai. Schools will not re-open on November 23rd,” news agency ANI quoted Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar as saying.
The recent development comes after the Delhi government announced that all schools in the national capital would remain shut due to the sudden spurt in corona cases.
The Maharashtra government had also asked the Railways to allow the teaching and non-teaching staff to travel in Mumbai suburban local trains once the normal classes resume in the state from November 23.
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