The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that Schools and Colleges in the state will resume physical education sessions on November 15.
The West Bengal administration intimated in September that it would allow Schools and Colleges in the state to reopen after the festival season if coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections do not increase.
Since the statewide lockdown was announced in March 2020 to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, educational facilities across the state have been closed for in-campus sessions.
The West Bengal, meanwhile, asked all the state government-run and aided schools to prepare for the reopening next month. According to reports, the secondary and higher secondary schools have been asked to wrap up the process of repairing and sanitising the classrooms by the end of October.
The announcement comes ahead of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) announcing the dates for offline semester board examinations in November.
However, daily cases of Covid-19 have been witnessing a steady rise since the past one week, after Durga Puja ended, with the state administration bringing back containment zones to check the spread of the virus.
On Sunday, Kolkata reported 273 single-day Covid-19 cases, the highest spike among other districts in the state while North 24 Parganas registered 146 cases. Overall, West Bengal logged 974 new cases on Saturday and 989 infections on Sunday.