COVID-19 Lockdown: Extend Closure Of Schools, Colleges Till May 15, Recommends Group Of Ministers
Amid the central government is considering the state governments' as well as experts' requests to extend the lockdown beyond April 14, a Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID19 on Tuesday recommended extension of closure of all educational institutions and restricting all religious activities having public participation till May 15. A meeting of the GoM chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh concluded that religious centres, shopping malls and educational institutions must not be allowed to resume normal functioning at least for four weeks from April 14, irrespective of whether the government extends the 21-day lockdown or not.
The thinking in the government is that schools and colleges will more or less remain shut till end of June as the summer vacation will start from middle of May, Press Trust of India quoted sources.
In an interview to PTI on Sunday, the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said the government will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country while adding that the safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government and that his ministry is prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if educational institutions needed to remain shut beyond April 14, when the ongoing 21-day lockdown is slated to end.