Maharashtra Colleges To Reopen Offline From February 1
Maharashtra colleges are all set to reopen offline from February 1. The decision was made official by Minister Uday Samant via his Twitter account. Only students who are fully vaccinated shall attend offline classes. College classes will continue in hybrid mode as many students are still unvaccinated while many others are apprehensive of in-person classes due to the Omicron scare.
“Decision to start colleges in the state offline from 1st February 2022. Hon. Chief Minister Uddhav Saheb has accepted the proposal sent by the Department of Higher and Technical Education. Students should have been vaccinated while coming to the college”, tweeted Maha Minister Uday Samant.
Colleges had been shut after the state reported shockingly high numbers of daily cases. The state rolled out a notice regarding the opening of schools from 24th January last week. However, examinations scheduled to be held before February 15th will be held online only. Students are advised to follow precautionary measures at all times while attending in-person classes.
Maharashtra Sees Sharp Fall In Cases
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra dropped sharply on Monday. The state recorded 28,286 COVID-19 cases and 36 fatalities. Out of these, 86 news Omicron infected patients were found. The total number of Omicron patients in the state stands now at 2,845. 1,454 out of these have already recovered as reported by the state health department. The city of Mumbai reported 1,815 cases on Monday.
Schools across the world have been shut for over 700 days now. Two years of online education has been a mixed blessing for students across the world. While it has managed to control the spread of COVID-19, the loss of in-person communication and education has taken a toll on many students’ mental health.