Educational institutions to remain closed till end of Durga Puja vacation in this state
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced that all educational institutions in the state will remain closed till the end of Durga Puja vacation in view of the prevailing pandemic situation.
The announcement was made by Patnaik after reviewing the situation due to Covid-19 in the state.
Statement by Naveen Patnaik
Keeping in view the concerns expressed by students and parents, it has been decided to close schools and colleges till the end of Durga Puja holidays, Patnaik said in a statement.
Why the decision has been taken
The Chief Minister said the decision has been taken to allay fears and apprehension in the minds of students and their guardians about the prevailing situation.
The government has meanwhile started online classes for students and conceded that 22 lakh of the total 60 lakh students in government and government-aided schools can avail of the facility due to lack of proper internet connections.
The higher education department has started online classes for college and university students, an official said.