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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In the backdrop of speculations that schools in Odisha might reopen after Diwali, the School and Mass Education Minister, Sameer Ranjan Dash on Friday clarified that no decision has been taken over the issue.

According to the Minister, there is a feeling that schools and other educational institutions need to reopen since the results of the matriculation examination have been announced and the delay in the current academic session.

“Earlier, Chief Minister had announced the closure of schools till Durga Puja vacations. The State government is actively considering all proposals and reviewing all aspects keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The Chief Minister’s office is seized with the matter and will take the appropriate decision soon,” Dash told OTV.

Nevertheless, the School and Mass Education Department is ready and has already taken steps to make the infrastructure clean in educational institutions and schools as like the pre-COVID situation. “The department is fully ready and will accept whatever decision is taken by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on the reopening of schools,” the minister added.

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