A suggestion was forwarded to the chief minister, stating that school reopening should be considered starting Monday.
Varsha Gaikwad, a Maharashtra minister, said on Wednesday that a proposal to reopen schools throughout the state from next week had been forwarded to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, depending on local COVID-19 conditions. According to her, the idea includes the establishment of pre-primary schools.
The Maharashtra government declared earlier this month that schools in the state would be closed until February 15 as the number of coronavirus infections began to rise in December due to the development of the new Omicron variety.
“After the number of COVID cases increased, the government decided to end the school (offline) sessions. However, after consulting with specialists, it was decided to begin the sessions where the number of cases is minimal, based on the COVID-19 condition in the area,” Gaikwad added.
“The chief minister has been sent a proposition.” It states that school reopening should be considered starting Monday, and that local authorities (municipal commissioners, district collectors, chief executive officers, and education officials) should have the authority to do so.
She predicted that a decision will be made this week. She expressed her hope that the idea will be taken seriously by the chief minister. The minister emphasised the need of completely vaccinating children aged 15 to 18 years old, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff.