Kolkata: Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday said that the West Bengal government is not worried about the changes in the status of not opening classes in schools until the coronavirus epidemic improves. The statement was issued to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) after the chief ministers were asked to allow the schools to reopen in January, especially for students attending the ICSE and ISC exams.

“Our decision is the same. There is no plan to change that,” Chatterjee said. “If any decision is to be made, it can only be done by the Chief Minister.”

The West Bengal government is saying it cannot open schools and expose students to the epidemic. It said the school curriculum in the secondary and plus-two levels would be curtailed and classes would be conducted online.

In the letter, the board’s chief executive, Gerry Arathun, said: “For the final phase of the exams, CISCE has requested all state governments and UT chief ministers to reopen the schools, specifically for students in grades 10 and 12 from January, 2021.”

“With students attending school physically, this time can be used for practical work, project work, SUPW work and suspicion clearing lessons,” said Arathun. “This is very beneficial for students who get time to interact with their teachers directly.”

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