8 days on, Mizoram plans to shut schools as kids test positive

AIZAWL: The Mizoram government has decided to close all schools from October 26 after a number of Class 10 and 12 students, who had been attending classes since October 16, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, education minister Lalchhandama Ralte said on Friday.

The decision was taken after a meeting with senior school education officials and teachers’ associations, he added.

“Students of Class 10 and 12 will continue to attend classes online. The Mizoram Board of School Education has been instructed to make arrangements so that the students can fill up their examination forms,” the education minister said.

Ralte further said that in the meeting it was decided to reopen schools from November 9 unless new problems crop up.

The decision for resumption of classes for students of Classes 10 & 12, who are going to sit for their boards next year, was taken in a meeting chaired by Ralte on October 12.

On October 16, two students of privately-run St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in the northern part of Aizawl had tested Covid positive. On October 18, two more students in southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai town tested positive, while eight other students and the hostel warden of Ebenezer School in Zemabawk locality of northern Aizawl were found infected the next day.

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