GANDHINAGAR: While the number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen considerably, and the pandemic appears to be under control, the Gujarat government is likely to restart classroom teaching for Classes 6 to 8 in the next few days, followed by Classes 1 to 7.
The government recently allowed classroom teaching for Classes 9 to 12.
According to sources in the state government, if Covid-19 cases stay under control and a third wave situation does not arise, the government aims to reopen primary and secondary schools for classroom teaching from August.

About this possibility, state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “We aim to resume classroom teaching for Classes 6 to 8 in the next few days. If Covid-19 cases do not increase, we aim to open Classes 1 to 5 also by the end of August. We are monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis and case numbers remain under control, we want to reopen all classes in accordance with expert advice and under Covid control protocols.”

“The government has already opened Classes 9 to 12 and colleges. We have been getting good support. In the coming days, the government will open Classes 6 to 8 and then Classes 1 to 7 in a phased manner only if Covid-19 cases remain under control,” he added.

After the first wave of the pandemic, the state government had attempted to open schools and colleges for classroom teaching. However, they had to be shut when the second wave began. Recently, the state government opened colleges first and Classes 9 to 12 at schools.A source privy to the development said, “The state government is considering starting Classes 6 to 8 of schools before August 15 and the lower primary section by August end.”