No plan to call off classes: Haryana Education Minister

Chandigarh, November 18

A fortnight after government schools opened in Haryana, only 40 per cent students of Classes IX to XII are attending school. Cases of students and staff infected with Covid are on the rise in the state.

The Education Department, however, has decided to adopt a “wait-and-watch” approach and will seek the opinion of experts before taking any call on the continuation of classes.

Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar said though the attendance in schools was poor and there was a recent spurt in cases, there was no plan yet to call off the classes even temporarily. “Schools have been open for senior classes since the beginning of the month. Colleges and universities have opened post Diwali though attendance is low. But there is no plan to suspend classes.”

“We have already closed down some Rewari and Jind schools for two weeks where students and staff test positive. We might even need to close schools in that particular pocket. We will not go beyond that for now,” he said. — TNS

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