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Reopen schools and colleges after November 15: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee

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Posted on 25 Oct 2021
15:57 PM
The West Bengal government will issue a COVID-safety SOP for all schools to follow.

The West Bengal government will issue a COVID-safety SOP for all schools to follow.

Educational institutions to ask to sanitise premises
Offline classes to begin for Classes IX to XIII in first phase

Schools and colleges in West Bengal will reopen after November 15. All institutes have been asked to start preparatory work and sanitise the premises, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said at an administrative meeting in Siliguri on October 25.

“Open schools after November 15, ask schools and colleges to sanitise schools accordingly,” Banerjee told chief secretary H. K. Dwivedi during the meeting.

The West Bengal school education department has already sanctioned funds for cleaning and sanitising state-run and aided schools. Soon, it will also issue an SOP for schools on COVID-19 protocol to be followed.


In the first phase, offline classes will resume for students of Classes IX to XIII. Schools will have the authority to decide if students will be called on alternate days.

The CBSE and the CISCE first semester offline examination are due to begin from mid-November. Private schools affiliated to CBSE and CISCE are waiting for more clarity from the West Bengal government.

“Government and government-aided schools have poor students who cannot afford internet connections and could not attend online classes. It was becoming extremely important to reopen the schools in the State,” said Sugata Bose, general secretary of the Government School Teachers Association in West Bengal.

With vaccination of children getting approval in India and mental health issues on the rise among students, healthcare professionals have welcomed the West Bengal government’s move but cautioned that strict COVID-safety measures must be adopted.

The state had earlier said a decision on reopening educational institutions would be taken after Puja.

The West Bengal government had shut down all schools and colleges in March 2020 after the pandemic broke out.

Last updated on 26 Oct 2021
13:16 PM
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