The Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma g on Thursday announced that schools may be closed again if the Covid situation worsens in the state. It further asserted, currently, attendance in schools is not compulsory for students.
Offline classes for standard 9 to 12 started from August 16 in the state, while for classes six to eight, schools will be opened from August 23 and for classes one to five from September 1. While replying to a question by teacher constituency member Dhruv Kumar Tripathi at the state legislative council, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, “In basic education, attendance is not compulsory.
We have also not made attendance mandatory for classes from 9 to 12.” “Guardians, teachers and political organisations have also said the offline education should be started even if it is for a shorter period,” he said. “In UP, the present atmosphere is sufficiently secure but if there is any indication of any concern (regarding Covid), we can also close schools,” he added.
The minister also asked the Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh that whether there are any arrangement for vaccination of teachers and students below 18 years of age. Vaccine for children will be available by September
In a supplementary question, SP member Shatrudra Prakash asked the minister if it is safe for little children to go to school without vaccination. Replying to it, he said, “The vaccine for children below 18 is not yet available but it is expected to be available by September. He said after the vaccine is available, a campaign will be launched to inoculate children.”