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Re-Opening of schools after August 15: Education Ministry Sources

The government is planning to reopen schools across the country after August 15. Sources in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said, the reopening will be subject to the situation of the coronavirus crisis at the time.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 9 Jun 2020 1:56 PM GMT

Re-Opening of schools after August 15: Education Ministry Sources
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New Delhi: Schools and colleges across the country have been closed since March 16, shortly before the centre announced the nationwide lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

The government is planning to reopen schools across the country after August 15. Sources in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said, the reopening will be subject to the situation of the coronavirus crisis at the time.

The HRD Ministry will decide on the reopening of schools based on guidelines from the Union Home Ministry and the Health Ministry, sources said.

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Even as it decides the date of the reopening, the safety of students is paramout, sources in the HRD Ministry said.

Plan To Reopen Schools After August 15

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had said the final decisions on reopening of schools would depend on the ground situation.

"From July 1 to 15, there will be exams and the schools will open after the exams," the minster had said.

Furthermore, how the exams can be held in July, when the India's coronavirus cases are likely to peak, the minister said: "We cannot predict what will happen in July. In addition, we will abide by the home ministry and the health ministry decision. The safety of students will be paramount."

Talking about the roadmap for reopening of schools, School Education Secretary Anita Karwal earlier this month indicated that the pandemic has put the focus on the quality of digital education.

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