UP schools upto class 8 to remain closed till March 31
Schools and Colleges and all Educational Institutes would remain closed in Uttar Pradesh from March 25 till March 31. Schools for classes 1 to 8, however, would close from today itself.
Uttar Pradesh Schools, colleges and educational institutions have been ordered shut from March 25 to March 31 for 'Holi Holidays'. As for the classes 1 to 8, the schools have been ordered shut from today - March 24, 2021. The decision wa staken by the UP Government in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
In the order issued, all schools till Class 8 in UP would remain closed from March 24, 2021 to March 31, 2021. The order further extends to all educational institutes, including schools for students of classes 9 to 12 – which do not have any exams, to remain closed from March 25 to March 31. All examinations till Class 8 have also been postponed till further notice.
Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi said: "All examinations of classes 1 to 8 stand cancelled till further notice. After March 31, depending upon the situation, we will decide whether to promote all students or extend the academic session and hold examinations in state government-run institutions." As for examinations for students of Classes 9 to 12, the schools may conduct the same under proper guidelines, he clarified.
Decision to close the schools came after the high level meeting of the Chief Minister with the officials in the state regarding COVID-19 situation. With this, UP joins the states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, etc. to close the schools again.
Schools in UP had reopened in phased manner, starting November 2020, following the permission from the Central Government. From the beginning of this year, classes for all students were permitted.
The move comes as India is witnessing another spike in the number of daily infections. As many as 46,951 cases were reported in the country yesterday. Of these, 488 were reported in UP. The total active case load of UP stood at 3036 active cases as of yesterday. A total of 8759 fatalities have been reported while 5, 95, 743 people have recovered.