The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to close all schools in the state up to class 8 till April 15, 2021. The state government has undertaken this decision in view of the recent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and also in the state.
In the circular, the Madhya Pradesh School Education Department stated that based on the committee decision taken on December 4, 2020, schools for class 1 to 8 were closed till March 31, 2021. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, it has been decided that schools till class 8 will remain closed till April 15, 2021.
As for classes 9 to 12, the schools will continue to operate as per the previous notification issued by the department.
Madhya Pradesh is not the first state to extend the closure of schools to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab has also ordered to extend the closure of schools and other educational institutions to ensure safety against the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier Uttar Pradesh had ordered to close down schools till class 8 till March 31, now it has been extended to April 4, 2021. The Punjab government has also ordered that the schools and colleges in the state to remain shut till April 10, 2021.
Almost a year ago when the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in the country, schools and other educational institutions were closed all over India. As situation seemed to be under control, several state governments decided to reopen the schools and colleges in their respective states. The date sheets for the board exams were also announced by various state governments. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also released the date sheets for class 10 class 12 board exams.
However, at this time, the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country is compelling the state governments to adopt the means of closure of educational institutions like the initial days of the pandemic in the country in order to contain the rapid spread of the COVID-19 disease.