Three petitions for the resumption of physical classes in West Bengal educational institutions were heard by the Supreme Court of Calcutta on Thursday. The state government told the division bank, chaired by Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava, that it was ready to reopen schools and colleges, but an appeal would be made once the COVID-19 situation has been properly analyzed.
The hearing of the petitions, filed by a teacher, a student and a lawyer, was postponed until February 14, when the state will inform the court of its plan to reopen the educational institutions. The petitioners, claiming that the long-term closure of the institutes was affecting student education, prayed for a ruling from the state government about reopening schools, colleges and universities for physical classes.
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Schools and colleges in Bengal have been largely closed since March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutes briefly opened last November only to close again as the number of infections began to rise across the state.
It is recalled here that the physical classes in the state have been closed to all classes and schools and colleges have resorted to online classes. Hostels have also been ordered to close. If a student is unable to leave the campus, he/she must be provided with all necessary medical facilities and midday meals at the hostel itself, according to the official notice. Meanwhile, many people are asking the government to reopen educational institutions.
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