The Uttar Pradesh government, which has decided to open schools for physical classes, said on Thursday that student attendance will not be mandatory and that schools could be closed again if the Covid situation worsens.
Senior Deputy Minister Dinesh Sharma said this to the state legislative council while responding to a question from teacher constituency member Dhruv Kumar Tripathi. “In basic education, attendance is not compulsory. We have also not made attendance mandatory for 9-12 classes, ”Sharma said.
“Tutors, teachers, and political organizations have also said that offline education should be started even if it is for a shorter period,” he said.
At UP, the current environment is safe enough, but if there is any indication of concern (regarding Covid), we can also close schools, ”he added.
Tripathi also asked Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh if there were any arrangements for vaccinating teachers and students under 18 years of age.
In a follow-up question, SP member Shatrudra Prakash asked the minister if it is safe for young children to go to school without vaccinations. The minister responded that the vaccine for children under 18 is not yet available, but is expected to be available in September.
He said that after the vaccine is available, a campaign will be launched to vaccinate children. The state government has opened schools since August 16 for classes 9 through 12. For classes six through eight, they will open from August 23 and for classes one through five from September 1.