Is West Bengal Schools Reopening?

         On Wednesday, CISCE – Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, which is responsible for ICSE and ISC Board Examinations, wrote to various chief ministers, seeking permission to reopen schools from January 4. Many schools in WB are affiliated to the central board. The message of the government in turn is a direct response to the plea.

         In the letter, board chief executive Gerry Arathoon had sought permission to reopen the schools from January for students of Class 10 and 12 so as to facilitate practical classes, project work and SUPW work, which cannot be managed from home.

         Day after CISCE’s letter seeking permission to reopen schools partially from January 4, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has dismissed any possible change in decision on reopening schools.

         WB government has been adamant on its stand to keep schools and colleges in the state closed, even though the Central Government has permitted the conditional reopening of schools. The closure of schools was earlier extended till Durga Pooja and then extended till the end of this year. The state government has not announced any possible reopening dates. schools would not be allowed to reopen till the pandemic is under control in the state. It had recently also announced its decision to reduce the syllabus for the Madhyamik and Uchcha Madhyamik or WBBSE and WBCHSE Board examinations 2021 to compensate for the loss of time. Classes in the state would go on in online mode for now.