COVID-19 India: Bengal Schools, College to Resume on State Govt Advisory

Meghdeepa Mondal Meghdeepa Mondal
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COVID-19 India: Bengal Schools, College to Resume on State Govt Advisory

Schools and College authorities in West Bengal are looking forward to the guidelines of the State Government on reopening schools. 

This comes after Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal asserted that educational institutions across the country may reopen from August 15, 2020. 

All such institutes have been closed since March 16 when the nationwide lockdown was declared due to a coronavirus outbreak in India. 

Sonali Chakraborty Bannerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University is hopeful of conducting end-semester exams after university reopens by reducing chances of large gatherings.

As per the headmaster of a state-run school in Kolkata, about 3 months are lost and online classes are not feasible for their students. In that case, authorities will rely on state education department advisory.

Earlier, Partha Chatterjee, State Education Minister, had asked all schools and colleges in Bengal to begin after 30 June 2020. As of now, the state government has not circulated any notice regarding the extension of vacation post-June 30. 

Talking about on-campus activities, Subiresh Bhattacharya, General Secretary of Upcharya Parishad, an organisation of state universities’ vice-chancellors, they will follow further guidelines of the state higher education department. 

Principal of north Kolkata based college said results of Classes 10 and 12 will be out by July and August. Pushing these further will put the academic calendar at risk.

Another Principal from a century-old coed college exclaimed conducting online classes is not a solution and everything cannot be conducted online as well.