As the threat of contracting coronavirus has forced the hand of authorities to close down educational institutions, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from September 5. However, the date is tentative, and the final decision will be taken based on the COVID-19 situation at that time.
Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh told reporters after the review meeting on education that while the government has set September 5 as the date, the final decision will be taken based on the real-time situation.
In the meantime, dry rations, in lieu of mid-day meals, will be supplied to students at their homes, he said.
In the next academic year, he emphasised that pre-primary education (LKG and UKG) will be introduced in government schools, and coaching will be provided for competitive exams like AP EAMCET, JEE, IIIT, among others in junior government colleges.
A Joint Director post will also be constituted at the district level for improving the standard of education provided in Andhra.
Universities and schools across the country started closing down since March 16 when the Centre announced classrooms to be shut down in order to contain the spread of the virus. Subsequently, a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, and ever since schools and colleges remain closed in the country.
Many states have already scrapped their respective board exams in view of the ongoing crisis.
Meanwhile, the remaining exams for CBSE and ICSE board exams have also been cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.