88% schools have reopened in Maharashtra; 15 lakh attending classes | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Nearly a month-and-a-half after the state permitted schools to resume physical sessions for classes IX to XII, over 88% schools have reopened and over 15.7 lakh students are attending each day, according to education department data.
The state permitted the classes to reopen on November 23. Teachers and non-teaching staff had to undergo RT-PCR tests and those who tested negative for Covid-19 were allowed to resume. Among nearly two lakh teaching and non-teaching staff who have undergone the test before joining school, 2,894 tested positive.

In the first week, 9,127 out of 22,204 schools reopened and 2.9 lakh students attended. Up from that, 19,524 schools resumed operations as of January 4. “Fortunately, no case of Covid-19 has been reported from schools, and that has encouraged many to reopen. Students attend classes on alternate days, which means that around 30 lakh students are back in classrooms. Some parents are worried about sending their children to school but the numbers are increasing each week,” said Vikas Garad, deputy director, Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT).
Across the state, 100% schools reopened in Jalgaon district, with 53.2% students attending class. “There are 16 districts where more than 90% schools have resumed physical classes. It is due to efforts and cooperation of education officials, local administration, students and parents that attendance is increasing by the day. Safety rules are being strictly enforced,” said school education minister Varsha Gaikwad.
Mumbai and Thane are the only districts where schools are yet to reopen. BMC said schools will be shut till January 15.

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