Puducherry Schools: As per the updates, the Union Territory has reported cases of hospitalisation of 20 students after testing positive with COVID-19. Apart from that, many sections have filed pleas asking the government to reconsider its reopening decision. Therefore, the Puducherry government decided to postpone the reopening of schools for the time being. As per the reports, the UT was ready to reopen schools from today, 16th July. The physical classes would have been reopened for classes 9 to 12.
However, noticing the recent spike in COVID-19 cases along with pleas getting filed, the Home and Education Minister, A Namassivayam has informed how the government to postpone this reopening. A new date of reopening will be announced soon once the situation is conducive.
Online Classes To Continue
The government has decided to continue the online mode of teaching for now. The university authorities were also directed to inform the colleges about the government’s decision. Also, the staff reported to duty and the school and college authorities have been preparing the institutions to receive the students on Friday. However, the school education department did not send any such COVID-19 guidelines for the schools or colleges till Thursday.
Decision on Hold To Reopen Schools
Yesterday, a day before reopening the educational institutions, the union territory government at Puducherry announced placing the decision under hold without announcing any future dates. The newly elected Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy had earlier announced reopening classes 9, 10, 11, and 12 and all the colleges on Friday.
Namassivayam also informed that the decision was taken after discussing with Chief Minister N Rangasamy along with the officials of the Education Department. After consulting with the lieutenant governor and chief minister, we have decided to postpone the reopening as of now. The educational institutions will not be opened at present. We have not decided on any future date or month as of now. We will take a call on it later”, Namachivayam stated. Apart from various sections opposing this reopening, Congress and AIADMK were also against this idea.
COVID-19 Cases in Puducherry
Puducherry has reported more than 100 fresh cases of COVID-19 recently. This will take the overall number of cases to more than 1 lakh, which seemed a cause of worry to the government. Even though testing and recovery rates are extremely high and the fatality rate is low, the risk factor can’t be entirely ruled out. The vaccination process is proceeding at speed but has not been completed yet.