Srinagar , June 28
Jammu and Kashmir’s State Executive Committee (SEC) has recently reviewed the overall Covid-19 situation in the union territory and has decided to keep all the educational institutes closed till July 15 for the safety of the students.
Earlier on June 20, the SEC had lifted weekend curfews from eight of the 20 districts amid a significant improvement in the overall situation. Night curfews, however, continue to be in effect across Jammu and Kashmir.
An order issued by SEC chairman AK Mehta reads, “All universities, colleges, and technical skill development institutions shall remain closed for imparting on-campus/in-person education to the students till July 15.”
The order further states that all educational institutes will remain closed except for the courses/programs that require the physical presence of students on account of laboratory/research/thesis work and internship etc. Teaching in all these institutions will be in online mode.
All educational institutes have remained closed in India during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, but many states are reviewing the situation and planning to reopen schools and colleges soon with required Covid-19 safety measures.
Schools and colleges across the country have resorted to online modes of learning since the educational institutes first shut down in March 2020 in view of the pandemic. Many students have not been able to cope with online classes due to a lack of availability of resources.
Students also actively protested the conduction of online exams in a lot of higher educational instates for this academic session, while the Class 12 board exams in most of the states stand cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jammu and Kashmir SEC said, that apart from higher educational institutes, all schools and coaching centres would also continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus or in-person education till July 15 due to the pandemic situation.