Educational Institutions of West Bengal to remain close till Aug 31; could re-open on Teachers’ Day depending on COVID situation

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Educational Institutions of West Bengal to remain close till Aug 31; could re-open on Teachers' Day depending on COVID situation
Educational Institutions of West Bengal to remain close till Aug 31; could re-open on Teachers' Day depending on COVID situation

Schools, colleges, universities and all educational institutes in West Bengal will remain completely close till August 31 due to COVID-19 crisis in the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a news conference at the state secretariat said, “There is no question about opening any educational institute till August 31”.

Even though, she also said a meeting will be held at the end of August to decide the future course of action on re-opening schools & colleges.

“If the situation improves in August, then we can think of re-opening schools on September 5 on SarvepalliRadhakrishnan’s birth anniversary which is observed as Teachers’ Day and continue classes till Durga Puja”, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

She also explained and clarified that if things move as per the plan, then educational institutes will re-open with classes on alternate days only. But all this will solely depend on the COVID situation in the state.Afterwards only the final decision will be taken.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drop back the revised UGC directive issued on July 6. Mandatorily to conduct the terminal semester examinations for students by schools and collegeswithin the end of September.

“How will it be possible to conduct examinations as educational institutes remain closed due to COVID-19? It will increase the risk for the students of getting infected with the disease. So I request you to take up this matter with the HRD Ministry and stick to the guidelines issued previously on April 29, so that there is no problem for students”, appealed CM Mamata.

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