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05/04/2020 6:09 PM IST

Govt To Decide On Reopening Schools And Colleges On 14 April

The government will review the coronavirus outbreak situation on the day.

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 30: A worker cleans the gallery at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School IP Extension that has been converted by the Delhi Government into a temporary shelter home to accommodate the homeless and migrant workers on day 6 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to check the spread of coronavirus, at Patparganj on March 30, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The government will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Sunday.

In an interview to PTI, he said the safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government and his ministry is prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if schools and colleges needed to remain shut beyond April 14.

“It is difficult to take a decision at the moment. We will review the situation on April 14 and depending upon the circumstances, a decision will be taken on whether schools and colleges can be reopened now or have to be closed for more time,” Pokhriyal said when asked about his Ministry’s post-lockdown plan.

“There are 34 crore students in the country, more than America’s population. They are our biggest treasure. Safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government,” he added.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. There have been indications from the government that the lockdown may not be extended.

However, classes in schools and colleges were already suspended before the lockdown was announced.

“The classes are already being conducted online using various government platforms like Swayam. We are prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if need arises to keep schools, colleges closed after April 14.

“I am regularly reviewing the plan of action being followed by schools and colleges during the lockdown. A plan is also ready for conducting pending exams and evaluation as soon as the situation improves and the lockdown is lifted,” Nishank said.