Lucknow, June 16 (IANS): More than 1.5 lakh of schools, recognized by the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board (UPBEB), which were closed until June 30 due to the pandemic, will now reopen on July 1 for teachers and academic staff .

According to an order issued Tuesday evening by the secretary of the UPBEB, Pratap Singh Baghel, the students will not attend schools until further notice. “Schools can call in teachers and staff as needed,” the order said.

For schools affiliated with the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), the respective School Management Committees (SMC) will decide to call in teachers and administrative staff from the 1st July.

“SMCs will be allowed to make any decisions for schools other than the UPBEB,” Baghel said.

After the reopening, public schools will undertake activities to ensure 100% enrollment of students, the distribution of a food security allowance (for the midday meal) and free books to students within a limited time frame.

Schools have also been asked to complete tasks under ‘Operation Kayakalp’, which aims to provide basic facilities such as toilets, perimeter walls, potable water and other equipment. .

Schools have also been ordered to continue e-pathshala under Mission Prerna until children start returning to campus.

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