KATHMANDU, April 12: Amid preparation of the government to take various measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, various stakeholders have asked the government not to take any decision to suspend physical classes in schools and colleges.
Speaking during a meeting organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Monday, stakeholders have suggested the government not to close schools and colleges immediately, according to Ishwar Raj Dhakal, press coordinator of the Minister for Education, Science and Technology Krishna Gopal Shrestha.
The meeting was attended by Dr Chandra Mani Poudel, Chairman of National Examination Board, Chairman of Municipal Association of Nepal Ashok Byanju, members of PABSON and N-PABSON and Guardian Association of Nepal, among others.
Earlier, a meeting of COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC) had recommended the government to stop physical classes in schools and colleges in the view of the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in the country in recent days.
The stakeholders also maintained that the local governments should be given the authority to decide whether to run physical classes in their region. “Physical classes in schools and colleges that are at high risk in view of COVID-19 infection can suspend their physical classes as per the directives of the local government concerned,” they added.
A cabinet meeting scheduled for today evening is expected to take necessary measures to be adopted by the government as the country has witnessed a fresh wave of COVID-19, according to Minister Shrestha.