As many as 22 states and Union territories have reopened schools for all students from Monday after several months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday reviewed the vaccination status of teachers across the country and the resumption of schools.
“Reviewed the vaccination progress of teaching and non-teaching personnel of schools, institutions and skill centres associated with the education and skilling ecosystem. With rapid vaccination at-scale in the country, we are looking at a future with restored normalcy and vibrancy in our schools and other educational and skilling institutions,” he posted on Twitter.
As per information shared by the education ministry, while over 92% teaching staff were vaccinated across the country, the central government-run institutions recorded 96% vaccination among their teaching staff. Over 86% of non-teaching staff engaged in schools across the country have also been vaccinated, officials aware of the developments said.
The states which have reopened schools for all classes include Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.
Six states and UTs, including Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Arunachal, Goa, and Puducherry, have reopened schools for classes nine to 12. Six states and UTs, including Ladakh, Gujarat, Punjab, Nagaland and Jharkhand, have reopened schools for students enrolled in classes six to 12.
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