School Closure to be Extended until 15th May: According to the latest update, the Group of Ministers (GoM) has recommended extension of school closures by another month to 15th May 2020 as part of a precautionary step to counter COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting of GoM was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. As per a report published by NDTV, the Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting held yesterday to review the situation around the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, has recommended extension in the closure of schools until 15th May 2020. The GoM has been tasked with monitoring the overall situation in the country arising out of the coronavirus pandemic and make recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the meeting, the Group of Ministers evaluated the prevailing situation around the COVID-19 pandemic and the progress of measures put in place by the government to curb its spread. In line with this, the Group of Ministers recommended that extension of closure of all educational institutions and restricting all religious activities having public participation till May 15. As per the media report, GoM noted that “religious centres, shopping malls and educational institutions must not be allowed to resume normal functioning at least for four weeks from April 14, irrespective of the lifting of lockdown. The recommendation is also in line with the PM Modi’s appeal to have a staggered lifting of lockdown to avoid sudden rise in the cases of Coronavirus infections.
Earlier in the week, HRD Minister had also hinted at extension in the closure of schools and higher educational institutions, saying that final decision on it will be taken only after lockdown is lifted on 14th April 2020. In an interview to PTI, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said that safety, health and well-being of the students was pivotal of the government and any decision will be taken keeping this as the top priority. In the same interview, the Minister also added that there would be no academic loss to students, even if the institutions remained closed beyond 14th April, as most of them had started academic activities via online platforms.REGISTER FOR RESULTS UPDATES