Schools in Bengal may re-open from Feb 12 for classes 9 to 12: Partha Chatterjee

Private schools will take decisions with consent of parents, said the minister.

The state government might re-open schools from February 12, state education minister, Partha Chatterjee said at a press conference on Tuesday. The state educational institutions may resume offline classes for classes 9 to 12. Once the schools reopen, it will not only be used for practical classes but regular classes might also be conducted. However, approval from parents will be mandatory and all necessary COVID protocols will be followed.

Classes for junior sections will not start at the moment, but start gradually in phases.

He mentioned about a meeting with university vice chancellors to be held tomorrow regarding the opening of college and universities. He assured that sanitation work is in progress and is being carried out in all schools in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. However, the education minister did not confirm anything specific on private schools. “We can’t force the private schools to do the same,” he said.

School and other educational organisations have remained closed for a year due the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister said he doesn’t want to take any hasty decision and risk the health of children, so things will take time to get back on track, he said.