The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, in a recent announcement, said that schools, colleges and other educational institutions will reopen across India in August, most probably after August 15. This comes months after all educational institutions were closed shut since mid-March in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
The HRD Minister, in a recent interview, said that the ministry is trying to declare the results for all the examinations this session by August 15. This includes the examinations which are taking place now, as well as the ones which have already taken place before the pandemic and lockdown began.
The Haryana government, on the other hand, has decided to reopen the schools next month, in a phased manner. The Education Minister of Haryana, Kanwar Pal said in an interview that feedback will be taken by the state government from all stakeholders, including teachers, parents, and experts. Only after due consideration will the final call on reopening the schools will be taken.
The Haryana minister also revealed the current plane, which, if followed, would see the classes starting for 10th to 12th standards in July. The schools will reopen for Classes 6th to 9th in the next phase, followed by resumption of lessons for Classes 1st to 5th in the last phase. According to Kanwar Pal, colleges and universities in Haryana will re-open in August.
The Union HRD Minister, on the other hand, refuted the claims made by a large section of media about schools and colleges being reopened in July in a zone-wise manner. According to media reports, educational institutions would reopen in July starting with the Green and Orange zones, gradually moving to the Red zones. The Union Home Ministry also issued a clarification, stating that no concrete decision has been taken in this regard till now.