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Health Ministry alerts against reopening schools

Students attend a class as schools reopen amid the Covid-19 crisis, in Gokarneshwar of Kathmandu, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, September 16

The Ministry of Health and Population has directed concerned authorities not to take the decision of allowing schools and educational institutions to reopen in haste.

Local governments that take a decision in this regard should coordinate with health institutions before allowing educational institutions to resume, the ministry concluded at a meeting with the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and stakeholders in education here on Wednesday.

Educational institutions may reopen on the recommendations of the district-level CCMC (DCCMC) after assessing the rate of infection at the local level and by following the School Operation Framework issued by the Ministry of Education, says the health ministry’s spokesperson Dr Krishna Prasad Paudel.

Likewise, school teachers, staff and students should get orientation on the virus and arrangements for health tests and medical treatment for students should be made beforehand, he said.

Many educational institutions across the country that were closed for a long time due to ongoing infection have decided to reopen physical classes.

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