All schools for standard 1 to 9 and junior colleges for class 11 will remain shut for offline classes in Mumbai till January 31.
Only students from classes 10 and 12 will be allowed to attend physical schools/colleges, provided they have parental consent. All classes will continue in the online mode.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that students of classes 10 and 12 are excluded from this decision which means they can attend schools in person. Classes for students of 1 to 9 and 11 will continue in online mode, as directed earlier. Later in the day, Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, told the media that students of Classes 9 and 11 will be allowed to visit schools for vaccination though schools will be shut for in-person learning. Explaining the reasons behind shutting down schools, Mr Kakani said it is necessary to follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to contain the spread of the virus, but schoolchildren often tend to ignore norms and gather together in educational premises.He said they have decided to allow 10th and 12th class students to attend physical schools as their practice sessions and preliminary exams are on.
Meanwhile, on the first day of vaccination drive for those aged 15 to 18 years, 6,115 children were administered the vaccine against COVID-19 in Mumbai, as per a BMC bulletin. Of these, 4,806 teenagers were inoculated at BMC-run centres, 148 at government facilities and 1,161 at private centres, the bulletin said. The vaccine option for this age group is only Covaxin, according to guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry on December 27. With this, the number of inoculated citizens in Mumbai reached 1,80,72,902, of which 80,97,064 have taken both doses.