As the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising quite significantly in Mumbai, every school under the administration of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) will stay shut up to 31st December 2020, by the latest order. As per the previous instructions, all schools in Mumbai were poised to reopen on 23rd November 2020.
Excluding Mumbai, all other cities of Maharashtra can resume their school activities from Monday. The schools should function by adhering to all the prescribed COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government of Maharashtra.
The Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar said that the decision has been taken considering the rise in the cases of COVID-19 infections within the city.
As per the Maharashtra Government’s guidelines, it is mandatory for all the teachers to go through COVID-19 testing. The Government further stated that students willing to study from home must be allowed to do so and the students seeking to attend school physically must submit a letter of consent signed by their parents.
The BMC Officials said that this move has been taken by keeping a possible second wave of pandemic in mind.
Due to the current situation of the pandemic, the State Board Examinations of Class X and XII will not be conducted on orthodox February/March slot, said the Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, earlier this month. She further added that the board examinations are not possible to conduct before May 2021 as this pandemic scenario is likely to sustain for a longer duration. On Thursday, the State recorded 5,535 new COVID-19 cases summing its total tally to 17,63,055, and the total fatalities reached to 46,356. Whereas, the total active cases in the state is 79,738 currently.