Amid an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, it is once again that time of year when state governments have decided to shut down schools and other educational institutions to contain the virus. Several states had resumed offline lessons for high school and primary classes, however, the recent outbreak has forced students to return to online learning.
Because many states have placed restrictions on the reopening of schools, some states have allowed students in board grades (grades 10 and 12) to take courses offline. Here is a list of states that have made decisions about closing schools and colleges in their state:
The Haryana government has announced the closure of schools and colleges until January 26 due to the spike in Covid-19 and Omicron cases in India. In his tweet Kanwar Pal Gujja, Minister of Education, Haryana said that “online education will continue, with schools and colleges focusing on preparing for the next exam.”
Schools and colleges in Punjab have been instructed to revert to online courses with immediate effect. For now, these restrictions are only applicable until January 15, 2022.
The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh has made the decision to suspend all physical classes for all students (grades 1 to 12) until January 16, 2022. Additionally, Lucknow University announced on January 8, 2022 that all physical classes would remain suspended. until January 16, 2022. However, the exams will take place on the scheduled dates.
Being one of the most affected states in India, the government of Maharashtra has announced the closure of all schools, colleges and coaching centers until February 15, 2022. Some exceptions have been recognized, including the activities of examination of the board of directors of classes 10 and 12 and the activities authorized by the school and university authorities.
According to guidelines issued by the government of Rajasthan, schools up to grade 12 in municipal and municipal areas will remain closed until January 30, 2022. Online classes will continue for all classes. Previously, the government announced the closure of schools for grades 1 to 8 until January 17 in the municipal areas of Jaipur and Jodhpur.
The Delhi government has announced the closure of all schools, colleges and educational institutions until further notice on December 28, 2021. The Delhi government has already closed schools in November due to the high risk of pollution from the air in the nation’s capital.
Amid the increase in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, on January 8, 2022, the government of Gujarat decided to close schools for physical classes for students in class 1 to class 9 until January 31. 2022. Coaching centers for students in class 9 and above and those for postgraduate courses as well as competitive exams can operate at 50% of their capacity, according to government orders.
Jammu and Kashmir
Amid an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee (SEC) chaired by Chief Secretary AK Mehta issued new guidelines, including the adoption of online courses up to college level to deal with the growing crisis. The SEC has ordered educational institutions to run courses online citing the risk of an increase in Covid-19 cases, however, no clarification has been provided on the reopening dates.
At a press conference on January 2, Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi announced that all academic activities at schools, colleges and universities will remain closed until January 15. Only administrative activities will be allowed with 50 percent employees at a time.
Schools, colleges and institutes of higher education will remain closed in Mizoram in accordance with government guidelines released on January 8, 2022. Schools will remain closed for grades 1 through 9 and class 11. All teaching will go online. . However, schools and hostels will remain open for students in grades 10 and 12, who will sit for the board exam this year.
The government of Karnataka has made no announcement on its decision to close schools in the state. However, the government has decided to close schools and pre-university colleges in Bangalore until January 20. Schools will remain open for students in grades 10 and 12.