Punjab Schools and Colleges: As per the latest updates, schools and colleges in Punjab have been closed for offline classes after seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. The Punjab schools and colleges will reopen from 15th January, till then online teaching will continue. As per several media reports, an announcement has been made by Punjab’s Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to control the spread of disease in the state. The state government has released fresh COVID-19 curbs, especially those of Omicron.
Back to Online Classes
Punjab Schools and colleges will have been asked to shift back to online classes with immediate effect. While the guidelines on College hostels are not yet clear, details can be expected soon. As of now, these restrictions are only applicable till 15th January 2022. Punjab Schools and Colleges closing announcement was expected for a few days as several neighbouring states like Haryana had already proceeded with it.
Punjab imposed a night curfew
Apart from the shut down of schools and colleges, a night curfew has also been imposed in Punjab that would last from 10 pm to 5 am every day. Including these bars, cinemas, malls, restaurants, and spas will operate at 50% capacity.
Punjab's COVID caseload has seen an exponential rise over the last one week. As of Monday, the state has reported more than 400 new COVID-19 infections, taking the state's infection tally past 6 lakh. With a case of death also being reported after many days.
Other Restrictions in Punjab
Punjab Government has also announced that District authorities are free to impose additional restrictions, if necessary. This is being done to curb the spread of COVID-19 and for everyone's safety. Punjab Schools and colleges closing has been announced as children form a part of the vulnerable population and many are not yet vaccinated.
Punjab Govt launches Career Guidance Portal for Career Counselling
Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh has launched a career portal. The minister stated that the portal will play a significant role in guiding students about various online courses, scholarships and vocations as part of a series of measures being undertaken by the education department. The minister further added that 10 lakh students will now get important information about career counselling, courses and scholarship sectors while sitting at home.