No schools to start from September 21 decision will be taken after diwali: School Education Minister

Mumbai: Schools to be reopened after diwali and not from 21 September, clarified school education minister.

The education department held a meeting of the board of directors on Friday. During the meeting the principal refused to start the school. So now the decision will be taken after Diwali.

The central government had recently directed to start regular classes IX to XII in the state from September 21. SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) was also announced. However, in view of the growing number of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra, it is not appropriate to start schools from September 21, said the principals in an online meeting on Friday.

The meeting was attended by School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, State Education Secretary Vandana Krishna, Director of Education Dinkar Patil, Maharashtra State Education Corporation Vice President Vasant Ghuikhedkar, Rayat Shikshan Sanstha President Anil Patil, UNICEF’s Reshma Agarwal and various education officials.

Corona patients are also increasing in rural areas. Therefore, even the parents will not give consent to send their children to school from September 21. Residential schools should not be started under any circumstances was discusse in the meeting.

The meeting demanded that the grant be given immediately for the purchase of sanitizers, disinfectants and hygiene kits.

The High Court has ruled on the school fees. During the meeting the leaders of the institute demanded that the government should give instructions regarding the payment of fees for unsubsidized schools.

Centre had earlier issued guidelines to start schools from 21st September.

According to the Centre’s guidelines, 50 percent of teachers and teaching staff should be called in schools at a time. If the school arranges a vehicle for the students, the vehicle should be cleaned regularly on a daily basis. At the same time, schools need to take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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