The decision on reopening schools will be taken within the next 10-15 days, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said.
Speaking during a webinar on the evening of August 10, he said the decision would be taken after consulting educational institutions, state governments, and health and home ministries, The Hindu reported.
“We have not taken any decision till now, we will take a decision after consultations,” Nishank said. “In 10-15 days, as the situation develops, we will sit together with states, institutions, home ministry, health ministry and take a decision. Our priority is safety and also education, but safety is the first priority,” he explained, according to the newspaper report.
Prior to the webinar, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development that the central government would not allow 2020-21 to be a zero-academic year, according to The Hindu.
The committee met under the chairmanship of BJP MP Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe and discussed ‘Preparedness of School, Higher and Technical Education sectors during Covid-19 pandemic’.
“Khare told us that the government will not allow a zero academic year, where there will be no instruction and no examination. This is appreciable,” one of the members said, according to the report.