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Schools, colleges to reopen in August: Union HRD Minister

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New Delhi: Schools, colleges, and other educational institutes across India will reopen after August 15, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal announced on Sunday (June 7). About 33 crore students had been waiting for the reopening of schools nationwide, which have been closed for over three months to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

As per reports, at the end of May, it was thought that schools and colleges would reopen in July with 30 per cent attendance and with younger students till standard VIII remaining at home. It also stated that Green and Orange zones would reopen their educational institutes first and that to follow social distancing norms and a smaller attendance, schools would take place in two shifts.

“We are trying to get declare all the results from the examinations this session by August 15. This means those exams which have already taken place before and those which are taking place now,” Pokhriyal was quoted as saying to BBC. “This means those exams which have already taken place before and those which are taking place now,” he added.

CBSE board will conduct the pending examinations from July 1 to July 15, while ICSE/ISC exams will begin from July 1 till July 12. Meanwhile, NEET is also scheduled to be held on July 26 and JEE will be conducted from July 18 to July 23.

As per reports, safety guidelines are a must for educational institutions going to resume work again in the COVID-19 circumstances.  Teachers would need to wear masks and gloves, thermal scanners would be installed in schools, only two students would sit on three-seaters, CCTVs would observe if social distancing rules are being followed.

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