PATNA: Middle and high schools of the state may resume their offline classes after August 6, if the government finds the situation favourable, education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said on Wednesday.
The minister told this newspaper that a final decision would be taken after reviewing the situation with respect to the control of the pandemic. “We feel encouraged by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recent plea for reopening of schools. Schools cannot be kept closed for an indefinite period as it would adversely impact the minds of children,” he said.
Choudhary said the government is closely studying the situation following the resumption of classes in +2 schools as well as in the colleges and universities of the state. Besides, the threat of the impending third wave is also being considered by the state crisis management group. A final decision on reopening of schools may be taken in the last week of July or the first week of August, he said.
The minister admitted that the universities are unable to clear their backlog of examinations owing to the instructions issued in the wake of the pandemic. If the situation improves satisfactorily, the universities may be allowed to hold their pending examinations soon, he said.
Choudhary further pointed out that the recruitment of primary teachers in the first phase is over and the list of selected teachers was displayed on the NIC website on Tuesday. However, not more than 70% eligible candidates turned up for recruitment during the counseling. Another round of counselling may be arranged after sometime for filling up the vacant posts, he added.