Not Compulsory to send children to school: Aditya Thackeray

Not Compulsory to send children to school: Aditya Thackeray

Parents should make their own decisions regarding sending their children to schools and do so only if they feel it is safe, said Maharashtra cabinet minister Aditya Thackrey on Sunday.

Aditya Thackrey said

"Even though we are re-openingre-opening schools from tomorrow, it is not compulsory for any students to come to schools. Parents are free to make their verdict in this regard and should send their children to school only if parents feel it is safe to send,"

State school education minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Thursday that schools in Maharashtra for classes 1 to 12 would be re-opened-opened on 24 January with Covid-19 protocols.

All Schools were shut last month in December after a spike in Covid-19 cases across Maharashtra.

Following this, Rajesh Tope, the state health minister, had said the decision to re-open open schools was taken after a complete view was given to the issue.

"We have given a lot of openness and also stressed that following Covid-19 rules is a must,"

the minister said, adding that the parents must send their wards to schools.

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Tope said the opening of schools was necessary for children's brain development, and it was not correct to keep them at home for long. The start of schools was a risk or middle path. The state government decided to stop the spread of the covid and ensure children do not suffer.

The minister also informed that 90% of eligible beneficiaries had taken the first dose of the covid vaccine, while second dose coverage is in the 62-63% range.

The covid situation in the state

As many as 40,805 more people tested positive for Covid-19 across Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, a dip of nearly 6,000 infections, said the state health department on Sunday.

Out of the total, 2,550 coronavirus infections were detected in Mumbai.

In addition, 44 patients succumbed to the disease in the same duration. With this, the death rate in the state has reached 1.89%.

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