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Covid-19: Kashmir educational institutions to remain closed till July 15

Jammu and Kashmir’s State Executive Committee has extended the closure of educational institutions till July 15 and retained most of the guidelines already in effect as it reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the region.

Earlier on June 20, the SEC had lifted weekend curfews from eight of the 20 districts amid a significant improvement in the overall situation. Night curfews, however, continue to be in effect across Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief Secretary A K Mehta, who is also the chairman of the SEC, issued an order saying the decision was taken at a meeting with a focus on total weekly new cases (per million), total positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate and vaccination coverage of the targeted population.

“All universities, colleges and technical skill development institutions shall remain closed for imparting on-campus/in-person education to the students till July 15, except for the courses/programs that require the physical presence of students on account of laboratory/research/thesis work and internship etc. Teaching in all these institutions will be in online mode,” the order said.

It said all schools and coaching centres would also continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus or in-person education till July 15.

All educational institutions were closed across J&K in April following a spike in COVID-19 cases, but students have been attending classes online.

Students in the summer zone of Jammu are on a summer vacation from June 8 to July 25.

While schools in Kashmir and parts of Jammu falling under the winter zone observe a nearly three-month-long winter vacation and a 10-day summer vacation annually, the summer zone schools in Jammu usually observe a one-and-a-half-month-long summer vacation and a brief winter break every year.

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