After months of stability and flattening of curve, the country is yet again, experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. With the impending third wave and a new variant called ‘Omicron’ on the rise, several states and UTs are already imposing curfews and restrictions. All this with the sole intention of curbing the virus spread. Major cities like Delhi and Mumbai are experiencing an exponential increase in COVID-19 infections and hence, they are compelled to look into stringent measures and lockdown. The only silver lining – less deaths being reported daily.
With restrictions and curfews in place, several state/UT governments are shutting down schools and colleges for a fixed or indefinite period. Following is the status of schools in the country –
|Sr. No.||State/UT||Schools shut for which classes||Schools closed for which dates|
|1.||Karnataka (Only in Bengaluru)||All classes except Class 10 and 12||Next two weeks|
|2.||Uttar Pradesh (Noida, Ghaziabad, Hapur, and Greater Noida)||All classes up to Class 10||December 31, 2021 to January 14, 2022|
|3.||Maharashtra (Mumbai)||All classes except Class 10 and 12||Till January 31, 2022|
|4.||Bihar||Class 1-9, higher classes to function at 50% capacity||Till further orders|
|5.||Goa||Class 8 and 9||Till January 26, 2022|
|6.||Haryana||All schools and colleges||Till January 12, 2022|
|7.||Delhi||All schools and colleges||Till further orders|
|8.||Tamil Nadu||Class 1-8||Till January 10, 2022|
|9.||Rajasthan (Jaipur)||For all classes||Till January 09, 2022|
|10.||West Bengal||All classes||Till further orders|
|11.||Telangana||All classes||January 08 to 16, 2022|
|12.||Jharkhand||All schools and colleges||Till January 15, 2022|
|13.||Punjab||All schools and colleges||Till January 15, 2022|
As of now, only 13 states/UTs out of 28 have imposed a closure of schools and other educational institutions in light of the third wave. However, most states have refrained from closing physical classes for Class 10 and 12 students. Moreover, states are also looking into vaccinating these students before the upcoming board exams.
Governments are planning on conducting a mass vaccination drive and compelling Class 10 and 12 students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in their respective schools. While this is the idea, an exact action plan has not yet been decided by the respective states/UTs.