Telangana government recently announced the closure of all schools, colleges and other educational institutions within the state until further notice. The decision was taken on March 23, 2021, and was scheduled to come into effect from March 24, 2021. Furthermore, the ongoing supplementary or regular exams for UG and PG courses shall be conducted as per the existing schedule. Authorities decided to shut-down all educational institutions in the state temporarily due to the rising COVID-19 cases.
The state government of Telangana issued an order on March 23, 2021, amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state. According to the order, all educational institutions including schools, colleges and hostels shall remain shut temporarily until further notice. However, this order shall not be applicable to medical colleges. The order was to be put into action from March 24, 2021. Classes in other institutions shall continue through the online mode until further intimation by the authorities. Moreover, the ongoing exams for various UG and PG courses shall be conducted as per the pre-decided schedule, the order stated.
The country is witnessing the second wave of COVID-19 and the state of Telangana has faced a surge in coronavirus cases in the last week. Adding fuel to fire, many hostels located in the state have come out as COVID-19 infection clusters. As per reports, schools and colleges were recently found to be responsible for a total of 140 cases in the state. Subsequently, the state government announced that it shall review the situation and make a decision, accordingly.
Students are advised to note that there has been no official announcement about the upcoming board and university examinations. Furthermore, the government has also not provided any clarity on the date till which educational institutions shall remain shut. Information and clarity on the same are expected soon. Students still availing the hostel facilities are advised to contact their administration for more information about the ongoing situation.
Sabita Indra Reddy, the state education minister, announced the closure of educational institutions in the assembly on March 23, 2021. Before this, a high-level meeting was organised by K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana.
According to reports, on Monday, March 22, 2021, the state reported more than 400 COVID-19 cases after a gap of more than three months. The official bulletin released by the state medical and health department stated that till Monday evening, 412 coronavirus infections were reported in a single day. Thus, the total number of cases in the state increased to 3.03 lakh in the last year.
Reports also informed that Telangana witnessed three deaths on Monday, taking the death toll to 1,674. The state bulletin also informed that a total of 3,151 patients were undergoing treatment for the infection. Over the past few days, the state has been witnessing a surge in the COVID-19 cases. The worrying factor is that a large number of infections were being reported from a few schools within the state.