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J&K Government likely to extend closure of schools beyond April 18

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to extend closure of schools across the Union Territory beyond April 18, sources have informed.

The decision to temporarily shut schools in J&K was taken amid surge in Covid-19 cases that also included many students and teachers in different schools. However, online classes continued in the schools.

The government had shut schools till April 18 but sources in the Education Department have now indicated that it is likely that the government will not allow the normal functioning and offline classes of schools on April 19 due to the sudden increase in Coronavirus cases.

In the government order on April 11, it was stated that a detailed review of the current Covid situation in Jammu and Kashmir was conducted with the Financial Commissioner, health, Administrative Secretary School Education, Divisional Commissioner Jammu/Kashmir and other officers.

“On the basis of assessment, the State Executive Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred up on it under section 24 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, hereby orders that all schools in the UT of J&K shall continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus/ in-person education to the students of all classes (i.e. up to and including class 12 till April 18, 2021” stated the order.

The government had also stated that the order does not prohibit the conduct of any scheduled exam during this period by any examination conducting body/ institution, subject to the existing Covid norms of the adequate social distancing and sanitization.