Lucknow Sep 16

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Wednesday said that chances of the partial reopening of schools from September 21 are “very bleak” due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.

“It is very unlikely that schools can be allowed to function partially. It is not possible to run schools, even partially, at least, for this month. Safety of the students is a big issue and it cannot be compromised,” Sharma said.

The Centre in the Unlock 4.0 guidelines has issued SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for a partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 on a voluntary basis to seek guidance from teachers.

Sources, however, said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take a final call on whether schools will reopen this month or not.

The Uttar Pradesh government seems to have no such plans in sight. Parents have also been strongly opposed to the idea of sending their children to schools during the pandemic.

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