Schools and colleges in Odisha will remain closed till Durga Puja holidays in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Wednesday while reviewing the pandemic situation in the state.
The decision was taken as schools are closed across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash. The announcement was made based on the recommendation of three committees set up for the purpose.
The five-day Durga Puja festival is slated to be held between October 22 TO 26.
The Chief Minister said the decision has been taken to allay fears and apprehension in the minds of students and their guardians about the prevailing situation.
Educational institutions across the state have been closed since March 17, two days after the first coronavirus case was reported in the state, an official said.
He said the government has meanwhile started online classes for students and conceded that 22 lakh of the total 60 lakh students in government and government-aided schools can avail of the facility due to lack of proper internet connections.
The higher education department has started online classes for college and university students, an official said.