Maharashtra School Reopening and closing issue has had people divided since the state started reporting a surge in COVID-19 and Omicron cases. As of now, schools have been closed in the state till January 31, 2022. However, some reports now suggest that Maharashtra government is likely to take a decision on school reopening tomorrow – January 20, 2022.
Recently, a representative of the state government had mentioned that Maharashtra schools would continue to remain closed till January 31, 2022 and a decision on reopening would only be considered after that. However, with such constant pressure from many, it is likely for the government to take a call on opening on Thursday.
Maharashtra School reopening has been demanded by many groups since the state government announcement about closure. Referring to the immense learning loss that has happened over the last 1.5 years of the pandemic, parents’ groups and many students too were not keen on schools closure.
However, if there was a set of population demanding for schools opening, there was another that was pleased with schools closure. The argument that weighed the latter side was that children are not yet fully vaccinated and hence more vulnerable to get infected.
Maharashtra Schools received nod to reopen in December, 2021, following which the state government left the final decision on district authorities. While Mumbai schools reopened from December 15, 2021, many private schools decided to defer this reopening due to Omicron.
Some parents have been also written an open letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asking for Maharashtra schools to reopen, especially those in Mumbai. Their concerns stem from the fact that since most of the city is opened with some restrictions in place, why can’t a similar approach be followed for schools.
Maharashtra Schools opening or closing decision will be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The competent authorities are expected to submit proposals for the CM to take a final call. As soon as an official confirmation is received, it would be updated here.