Source: India Today
The West Bengal government has no plans to open schools at any level in the near future as there is the threat of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior official said on Tuesday. Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the educational department official said.
However, the final decision on these issues will be made at the top level of the government, he said.
He was responding to enquiries on ICMR Director General Balram Bhargavas statement in Delhi that it will be wise to reopen schools in the country with the primary section as children can handle viral infection much better than adults.
Bhargava, however, stressed that for such a step to be considered, it must be ensured that school teachers and other support staff members are vaccinated.
Going by the recommendations of the health experts in the state, the possibility of a third wave attack which may affect children more and the high rate of coronavirus infection even two months back, the school education department "is in no excessive swiftness" to open primary, secondary and higher secondary schools now or in immediate future, he said.