J&K schools, Colleges to remain shut till May end

By Muskaan Kher

JAMMU AND KASHMIR: J&K has announced closure of all educational institutions such as schools, colleges and technical/skill development Institutions will remain closed for imparting on-campus, in-person education to students till May 31,2021.

According to the guidelines issued by issued by the State Executive Committee (SEC), teaching in all institutions will be in online mode.The courses that require phusical presence like research, lab or thesis work are exempted. However, such institutions are advised to take take full safety precautions especially by ensuring social distancing, staggered attendance, maintaining sanitation and hygiene, early identification and isolation of suspect cases.

“All schools and coaching centres in J&K shall continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus / in-person education to students of all classes till May 31, 2021. All schools, colleges, Technical Education and Skill Development Institutes shall not require in person attendance of any member of the staff. The teaching staff shall conduct online classes only from their homes. The concerned departments will issue guidelines in this regard,” read the order.

This decision has been taken due to the surge in the Covid-19 cases.Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 3,733 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,87,219, even as 51 fatalities over the past 24 hours took the death toll to 2,421, officials said.Out of the fresh cases, 1,294 were from the Jammu division and 2,439 from the Kashmir division of the UT, they said.