With COVID-19 cases declining, most states in the country are reopening schools. In West Bengal, schools have only reopened for grades 8 to 12, but in the latest development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said the state government is considering reopening schools for students in the lower grades as well.
Speaking to the media, the minister said she will talk to schools about whether smaller classes can start with 50 percent attendance or not.
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On February 3, the schools in WB from class 8 to 12 had reopened. The government has allowed all practical and theory lessons for students in class 10 and 12 who have to appear for the board exams this year. Teaching and non-teaching staff were allowed to join schools from February 2.
“COVID-19 situation in Bengal has improved. Schools will reopen for grades 8 to 12 on Feb. 3. Colleges, universities, colleges and ITIs will also resume offline classes on the same day. We are not reopening primary schools at the moment,” CM Mamata Banerjee had previously said. She had also indicated that the decision to reopen the lower classes will be taken at a later date.
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All students, teachers and staff have been asked to follow all Covid-19 protocols. Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing masks and using sanitizer must be enforced. Earlier, the West Bengal School Education Board had asked parents and guardians to raise awareness about the Covid-19 protocols while attending offline classes. In addition to schools, colleges and universities are also allowed to open again.
Meanwhile, Madhyamik and Uccha Madhyamik exams will be held on schedule, the WB education department said. Class 12 board exams are held from April 2 to April 20, while class 10 exams are held between March 7 and March 16. The officials hope the Covid-19 situation will improve when the board exams take place.
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