WB School Reopening: As per the media reports, the state government is considering the option of resuming offline classes. However, the final decision regarding West Bengal school reopening will be taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In a media briefing after an event, state Education Minister Bratya Basu told reporters that the state government is in favour of opening schools but the final decision rests with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
As per reports, Education Minister Basu told reporters that "the state is in favour of opening the schools but it cannot take any kind of risk with the lives of the students so the decision will be taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the right time."
#WestBengal Education Minister Bratya Basu (@basu_bratya) said that the state is in favour of opening the schools but it cannot take any kind of risk with the lives of the students so the decision will be taken by Chief Minister #MamataBanerjee at the right time. pic.twitter.com/OtcLZuUa0k— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) January 24, 2022
West Bengal Schools Closing
Schools in the state closed some time back due to a massive spike in COVID-19 cases. The safety of students was considered and hence, the decision to close all schools in the state was taken. Meanwhile, some people have been demanding that schools should reopen soon as children are experiencing massive learning loss at this point.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a statement stating that Schools and Colleges in the state may shut down if required. As per this, Schools, Colleges, and other educational institutions have been closed.
As per officials, all academic activities in schools, colleges, and universities will remain closed and only administrative activities will continue with 50% of employees.
West Bengal to introduce open-air classes for pre-primary and primary Schools
The West Bengal State Education Department will be introducing a new initiative - Paray Sikshalay (Neighbourhood School). Under this initiative, pre-primary and primary students from state-run schools will be given lessons in Open Spaces. Officials have stated that children have been deprived of tutorial lessons owing to the COVID-19 pandemic which is why the decision to conduct open ground education has been made.