The extended shutdown has been imposed as a precaution against the surging spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai.
In a significant move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Friday ordered all schools and junior colleges in the Mumabi to remain shut till December 31 as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19. The commercial capital of the nation has been witnessing an upward trend in the identification of new coronoavirus cases and the new municipal order is an attempt to break this rising pattern. However, the class 10 and 12 Board Examinations shall be conducted as per the schedules already announced, said an official statement.
Mumbai Schools Lock Before Unlock!
The Maharashtra government had earlier permitted schools and colleges to reopen from November 23, following the phased 'Unlock' process. The Administration had also commissioned the re-opening of other lower classes too, in a graded manner. However, due to the rising tallies of new COVID-19 infections and the consequent fatalities, the BMC has decided against implementing the order. As per the municipal body's announcement, all school and junior colleges in the city will remain shut till December 31. Accordingly, all schools in Mumbai shall continue to conduct classes via video-conferencing until then.
The Secretary of the Mumbai Principals Association (MPA) welcomed the move, stating that the body had been seeking a similar decision for a long time, fearing poor attendance of both students and teachers for the regular offline classes. "We had suggested to the government to first open schools in green zone, study the impact before allowing other zones. We did not expect more than 15-20 percent students to attend the classrooms starting from Monday," added the MPA Secretary.
The decision came in view of the anticipatory, deadlier 'second wave' of the COVID-19. The BMC official said that the decision was taken after BMC analysed the pattern and extent of Covid-19 spread among students in other states like Andhra Pradesh where the schools were reopened. Simultaneously, the state government has authorised the local district administrations to take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges in their jurisdiction, depending on the ground-level Covid-19 situation.
With 10,627 fatalities and 2,72,455 cases till date, Mumbai remains the country's worst-hit Corona hotspot since the outbreak of the virus in mid-March.
-With inputs from IANS