Kathmandu city govt says schools cannot reopen immediately

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File: Children, masked, attend a class at their school amid the coronavirus infection risk, in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, November 27

The Kathmandu metropolitan city (KMC) says school operation is not possible at present due to the high risk of coronavirus infection in the city.

Although the transmission rate is somewhat less than before, the risk is still high, the KMC says, adding that the schools could not be operated amidst the prevalence of risk.

The KMC has also clarified that the teaching and learning would continue by adopting alternative measures for some time due to the prevalence of the risk.

A cabinet meeting held on November 5 had assigned concerned local governments to take the responsibility of developing and enforcing some working procedures in this regard.

The KMC Education Department Chief Namaraj Dhakal shares that no school has so far sought approval for their operations.

“Now, the examinations of grade 12 are taking place. A meeting of the municipalities’ forum of the valley would make a further decision after the examinations.”

Schools across the country have been shut since last March due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As many as 42,000 students are studying in 91 community schools while 220,000 students are pursuing their education in 541 institutional schools inside the KMC.

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