The government of Gujarat has decided against reopening schools from September 21, given the situation of Covid-19 in the state, Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said on Wednesday.
The state government made the decision “in the interests of the students” during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar, the education minister said.
In announcing the “Unlock 4” guidelines earlier this month, the center made it clear that the final call to reopen schools for grades 9 through 12 of September 21 would be accepted by the respective states, Chudasama told reporters.
According to the center’s SOPs, starting September 21, students will be able to attend schools with their parents’ permission for advice from teachers, he said.
“The center had made it clear that it is not mandatory for states to implement these SOPs from September 21st. There is a risk of transmitting the virus when students gather in one place. In the current situation, it is not advisable for students to go to school, ”said the minister.
As a result, the state government decided not to reopen the schools as of September 21, and a decision will be made as soon as the situation improves. Online education will continue in the country.