The Press Information Bureau (PIB) on 1 Ovember said that a fake notice claiming that schools and colleges will continue to remain closed till 30 November, 2020, is circulating on the social media. PIB urged people to beware of this fake notice claiming to be from Ministry of Home affairs (MHA).
“In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned hereby directs the guidelines for reopening issued by Ministry of Home Affairs’ orders of even number dated 30.09.2020 will remain in force till 30.11.2020,” read the information being circulated on social media.
However, rejecting the claim, Press Information Bureau (PIB) took to Twitter and informed that the government has not made any such announcement and the news is fake.
“A headline of an order claims that, all schools to remain closed till 30 November. #PIBFactCheck: This Headline is MISLEADING. Decision on opening of educational institutions is left to States/UTs as per MHA’s September order, which is valid till November, 2020,” reads the tweet.
The MHA Guidelines have left the state and Union Territories to decide when to reopen schools and colleges and when they can start face-to-face classes to continue the teaching-learning process. The states and the union territories, as per the MHA guidelines issued earlier, will prepare their own SOPs regarding the health and safety of all the students and teachers.
The Press Information Bureau has clarified that the government has not released any such order regarding the reopening of schools in the country. Schools can be reopened in the country as per the directives issued by the respective state government.
According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding Unlock 6, the guidelines for Unlock 5 are being extended till 30 November and the decision to reopen schools is up to the respective state government.
The schools and colleges of the country have been shut down since March 2020 in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.