Schools likely to Open Post-Diwali, says School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad

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Maharashtra School Reopening News: Putting minds and hearts of lakhs of students and their parents at ease, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said that the state government is not planning to reopen schools anytime soon, until the pandemic situation is brought under control. Ms Gaikwad informed that the current prevailing situation is not suitable for school reopening and that the state government may consider proposal to reopen schools only after Diwali.

Virtual Classes, Special Classes to continue

Speaking to media persons at a press meet, Ms Gaikwad said that schools have been conducting virtual classes and teachers have been taking special classes for students in some areas. This will continue in near future, until Diwali, after which the Government may consider a proposal to reopen schools in the state. Education Minister was also found to be COVID-19 positive and has recovered fully now.

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School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad- The New Indian Express

By PTI

MUMBAI: As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in Maharashtra, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said schools will not reopen in the state before Diwali.

Maharashtra has till now reported 15,17,434 COVID-19 cases and 40,040 deaths due to the disease.

The Centre on March 16 announced closure of all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It has now allowed graded reopening of schools from October 15.

Gaikwad, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said schools have been conducting virtual classes and teachers have been taking special classes for students in some areas.

However, the challenge is to find a way to end the academic year and assess students, she said.

“While we are exploring various options, it is clear that schools will not open before Diwali,” Gaikwad said.

According to senior officials in the state education department, reopening schools

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