Telangana along with Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh have announced temporary closure of all educational institutions from today in view of the increasing COVID-19 cases in the states.
The decision will be applicable to all types of schools, colleges, hostels and residential schools except Medical Colleges.
Telangana Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy announced this in the Legislative Assembly. The Minister further said the on-line teaching will continue.
She said parents of the students have been expressing concern over the safety of their children following many groups of students in different parts of the state tested positive for COVID during the past few days.
It may be recalled that the state reopened direct teaching for 9th class and above from 1st February onwards. Direct teaching began for 6th to 8th classes from the last week of February.
Telangana state reported 412 fresh COVID -19 cases and the state reported over 3 lakh 3 thousand COVID cases so far.
In Uttar Pradesh, state government has issued fresh guidelines in the wake of rising cases of Corona infection in the state.
The order issued by chief secretary of state R K Tiwari directs all district magistrates, senior police officers and commissioner’s of the state to take set of measures to prevent the corona infection to spread.
As per the new guidelines children less than 10 year age and senior citizen will not be able to take part in any public function or procession.
Government has already issued order that such functions cannot be organised without the prior permission of administration.
After getting permission from administration for public functions or processions it will be the responsibility of organiser to ensure strict following of covid protocol during the function.
All schools except medical and nursing colleges will remain closed from 25th to 31st March in state except those where examinations are going on.
Covid help desks will be revived and dedicated covid hospitals will be activated along with the regular meetings at integrated covid command centre to stop the spread of infection further.
People will be discouraged to gather at public places in large numbers and it will be responsibility of police to ensure this.