New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday decided to reopen the schools for students of classes 6th to 12th from August 1. The decision to reopen the schools came after the state witnessed a decline in new COVID cases. Schools in Uttarakhand were closed when the second wave of the COVID-19 hit the country in May. 

Earlier in June, the Uttarakhand government had ordered the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 12 from July 1 via online mode. “Classes to resume in schools via online mode from July 1, 2021” JL Sharma, Joint Secretary, had said in a circular. "This decision to resume classes in online mode has been taken considering the health and safety of teachers and students amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic", the circular added.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday, Cabinet Minister and state government's spokesman Subodh Uniyal said.

The schools will be reopened amid COVID-19 guidelines. Attendance will not be mandatory, however, wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines will be a must. Detailed guidelines will be released soon, he said.

The cabinet also decided to give Rs 50,000 to candidates who clear the UPSC prelims to prepare for the mains and to 100 candidates who clear PCS prelims. It was also decided to give Rs 50,000 to people who pass the written tests of National Defence Academy and Combined Defence Services, Uniyal said.

Schools across the country have been closed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in India in March 2020. The schools have been taking classes via online mode since then and the exams have also been conducted via online mode.

Meanwhile, many health experts including ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava had earlier said that schools should be reopened for primary kids first. He had said younger children have “much better ability to handle the virus than adults".

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan