MUMBAI: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided that all schools in Mumbai will remain closed till December 31 of this year. Earlier, they had permitted schools to resume physical sessions for classes IX to XII from November 23 (Monday), but they revised the decision on Friday.
A BMC official stated that after studying example of Delhi where cases have been increasing suddenly again, BMC has decided to keep schools close till the year end for the safety of the students, their family members and others.
When the school education department had permitted schools to resume physical sessions for classes IX to XII from November 23, they authorised the local bodies to take final decision.
Cash withdrawals have hit a record high, with Indians withdrawing nearly Rs 5,000 at one go. The average ticket size of transactions went up to Rs 4,959 per ATM withdrawal from debit cards in August as cash in circulation hit a record high of Rs 26 lakh crore (12% of GDP). UPI payments have also shot up by close to 20% during the period to an average ticket size of Rs 1,850.
School education minister Varsha Gaikwad said, “We have allowed schools to reopen from November 23 but it would be up to local bodies to take a decision on reopening based on the on-ground situation. If physical classes don’t resume, online learning will continue. The health and safety of students and teachers are top priority.”