Given the increasing cases of coronovirus in the state, the West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to close schools across the state by July. Addressing a press conference, West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee said that the state is likely to remain closed till July.
He said that the state government had announced that the schools would remain closed till June but it would now be extended till July.
He also urged private schools across the state not to raise fees this year as people do not have money in view of the coronovirus lockdown. He said that everyone will have to continue working in this situation of crisis.
According to an update on June 9, the state had reported 8,985 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Of the total cases, 950 were identified as active cases, while 3,620 patients have been recovered from the virus. However, the death rate in the state is 415.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that schools and colleges across the country could open after August 15, officials of such institutions in West Bengal said they would see the recommendation of the state government in this regard.
State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had earlier said that schools and colleges in West Bengal would resume classroom teaching after 30 June. The institutes have been closed since March 16 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.