The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday issued an order to reopen all schools in Mumbai for classes 8 to 12 with all COVID-19 protocols in place from October 4.
BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal said that for now the civic body is reopening the schools for classes VIII to XII from October 4 and a decision for the rest will be taken in November.
“We are reopening schools for classes VIII to XII in Mumbai from October 4, and for the rest of the classes, we will take a decision in November. All the COVID19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented,” Chahal said. said.
Last week, state education minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that the Maharashtra government has decided to reopen schools from October 4.
He informed that schools will be reopened in a phased manner. “Classes 5th to 12th in rural areas and classes 8th to 12th in urban areas will resume. Local authorities have been empowered to monitor the guidelines laid down by the government.”
The government is making efforts to bring all the students back to school. Local officials, collectors and commissioner were asked to oversee strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The Education Minister also clarified that there is no compulsion to attend physical classes. Students can also attend online classes. They will come to school only with the consent of their parents.
(with ANI inputs)