Increase in Covid-19 cases: BMC schools to stop in-person classes
In the middle of a constant increase in Covid-19 cases In the city, schools run by the civic body will remain closed for grades 1-9 and grade 11 until Jan. 31, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Monday.
Only students in grades 10 and 12 will be allowed to attend classes in person after parental permission, as students are currently preparing for the preliminary exams, ahead of the council exams in March-April. Hybrid classes for grades 10 and 12 can be provided by schools.
Raju Tadvi, Head of Education at BMC, said: “Students in the 15-18 age group will only be called to schools for their vaccination. Teachers will resume classes entirely online from January 4 for classes 1 to 9 and 11. ”
On Monday, Mumbai started the vaccination campaign for the 15-18 age group. Vaccination for this age group is carried out at nine jumbo centers, with each center having a capacity of 1,500 vaccines per day, said Dr Mangala Gomare, head of health, BMC.
After a week of winter break, civic schools reopened in the city on Monday. However, schools registered lower attendance than before.
More than 2,000 schools run by civil society had organized the vaccination of students aged 15 to 18 on Monday. More than 6.25 lakh students in the city are eligible for vaccination.
“We have facilitated the vaccination of 210 eligible students from our schools. To ensure that all students are vaccinated, a virtual parent-teacher conference was organized over the weekend, ”said Ambarsing Magar, director of SG Barve Nagar municipal school.