Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Haryana schools set to reopen from July 27

This comes a day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday allowed private schools to collect tuition fee “irrespective of offering online classes” to students during the Covid-19 lockdown.
File photo: Children seen going school in Gurugram, Haryana.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Children seen going school in Gurugram, Haryana.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 06:02 PM IST
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Schools in Haryana are set to reopen from July 27 after summer vacations end on July 26 amid Covid-19 crisis, Haryana Directorate School Education issued an order on Wednesday. As per the order, universities and colleges in the state will remain shut till July 31.

This comes a day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday allowed private schools to collect tuition fee “irrespective of offering online classes” to students during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“All schools irrespective of whether they offered online classes during the lockdown period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee,” the court said adding that they will continue to endeavour and impart online/ distance learning.

As per the High Court’s order, the schools have been restrained from increasing the fee for 2020-21 and directed to adopt the same fee structure as of 2019- 20.

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Under the first phase of nationwide Covid-19 lockdown announced by PM Modi on March 25, all educational institutes across the country were shut to keep the virus from spreading. Last month, the Centre had said that a decision on reopening schools across the country will be taken in July based on the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

In its guidelines on the second phase of ‘Unlock’, the government on Monday announced that educational institutions, Metro rail services and large gatherings will continue to remain banned till the end of July.

The fresh guidelines said schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31.

It added that Metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will also remain shut. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will also continue to be banned.

“Dates for the opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation,” the Centre said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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