Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, it’s that time of year again when state governments have decided to close schools and other educational institutions to contain the virus. Several states had resumed offline classes for both secondary and primary classes, but the recent outbreak has forced students to return to online learning.
Because many states have imposed restrictions on the reopening of schools, some states have allowed students in board classes (grades 10 and 12) to attend offline classes. Here is a list of states that have made decisions regarding the closure of schools and colleges in their state:
Haryana government announced the closure of schools and colleges until January 26 due to the spike in Covid-19, Omicron cases in India. In his tweet, Kanwar Pal Gujja, Education Minister, Haryana, said: “Online education will continue, with schools and colleges concentrating on preparing for the upcoming exam”.
Punjab Schools and Colleges have been ordered to return to online classes with immediate effect. As of now, these restrictions only apply until January 15, 2022.
The Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has made the decision to suspend all physical classes for all students (classes 1 to 12) until January 16, 2022. In addition, the University of Lucknow announced on January 8, 2022 that all physical classes will remain suspended. until January 16, 2022. However, the exams will be held on the scheduled dates.
As one of the worst affected states in India, the government of Maharashtra announced the closure of all schools, colleges and coaching centers until February 15, 2022. Certain exceptions have been recognized, including class 10 and 12 exam activities and activities allowed by the school and university authorities.
According to Rajasthan government guidelines, schools up to grade 12 in municipal corporations and municipal areas will remain closed until January 30, 2022. Online classes will continue for all classes. Earlier, the government had announced the closure of schools for grades 1 to 8 to 17 January in the municipal business areas of Jaipur and Jodhpur.
The Delhi government announced the closure of all schools, colleges and educational institutions until further orders on December 28, 2021. The Delhi government closed the schools earlier in November due to the high risk of air pollution in the national capital.
Due to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, the state government has ordered on January 13 that offline classes in colleges and universities should be stopped with immediate effect, and also imposed an attendance limit for academic and non-academic staff members in these institutions, said an official.
Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, the government of Madhya Pradesh issued new guidelines on Jan. 14, keeping all schools and hostels for grades 1 through 12 to Jan 31 in the state closed, an official said.
The CM informed that the MP board pre-board exams for classes 10 and 12, scheduled to start from January 20, would be conducted on schedule. However, the exams would now be administered in the form of a ‘take-home exam’. Schools have been instructed to make the necessary arrangements for this
Amid increasing Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, the government of Gujarat decided on January 8, 2022, to close schools for physical classes for students from grade 1 to grade 9 until January 31, 2022. Coaching centers for students from Class 9 and those for postgraduate courses and competitive exams can operate at 50 percent capacity according to government orders.
Jammu and Kashmir
Amid a spate of Covid-19 cases, the Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee (SEC) chaired by Chief Secretary AK Mehta issued new guidelines, including the introduction of online classes down to the university level to cope with the mounting crisis. The SEC has instructed educational institutions to provide online classes, citing the risk of increasing Covid-19 cases, but no clarification has been given on reopening dates.
During a press conference on January 2, Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi announced that all academic activities in schools, colleges and universities will remain closed until January 15. Only administrative activities are allowed with 50 percent employees at a time.
Schools, colleges and higher education institutions will remain closed in Mizoram under government guidelines issued on January 8, 2022. Schools will remain closed for grades 1 through 9 and grade 11. All education will switch to online mode. However, schools and hostels will remain open to students in grades 10 and 12, who will appear for their board exams this year.
The government of Karnataka has not made any announcement about their decision to close schools in the state. However, the government has decided to close schools and pre-university colleges in Bengaluru until January 20. Schools remain open for students in grades 10 and 12.