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Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday announced that the reopening of the schools in the state would not happen before October 02, due to rising COVID-19 cases in the State.

Sawant said that the State government would review the situation on October 02 after consulting the stakeholders before deciding to open the schools. The schools will be opened in staggered manner with higher classes resuming first.

The Chief Minister was talking to reporters after holding discussion with the various stakeholders including State Education Department, representative of the Principals, Parent Teachers’ Association and others on Thursday.

Sawant said that the state government “don’t want to restart the schools against the wish of the parents.”

He said that the reopening of the schools has been delayed till October 02 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the State. The chief minister said that the stakeholders would be consulted again, and government will review the COVID-19 situation before taking the decision on October 02.

Sawant said that the classes would start in a staggered manner, whenever schools open, with the tenth and twelfth standard resuming classes in the first phase.

The chief minister said that Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has already announced that 30 per cent syllabus would be reduced for the current academic year.

He said that though the schools are not reopening right now, the teachers will have to continue with their online classes, and also be in touch with the students.

Sawant recalled that all the teachers have been trained for hosting online classes during pandemic time. “Goa is the only state which has taught, hundred percent of its teachers to have online classes,” he said.

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