Fact check: Order claiming schools to remain closed till Nov 30 is misleading

New Delhi (NVI): An order doing rounds on social media claimed that all government and private schools will continue to remain closed till November 30.

Debunking the claims, the Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau (PIB) took to Twitter and clarified that the government has not made any such announcement and the order is misleading.

“A headline of an order claims that, all schools to remain closed till 30th November.

#PIBFactCheck : This Headline is MISLEADING. Decision on opening of educational institutions is left to States/UTs as per MHA’s September order, which is valid till November, 2020,” PIB tweeted.

The order circulated on social media reads, “In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned hereby directs the guidelines for reopening issued by Ministry of Home Affairs’ orders of even number dated 30.09.2020 will remain in force till 30.11.2020.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines have left to the States and Union Territories to decide when to reopen schools and colleges.

As per the guidelines issued earlier, the states and union territories will have to prepare their own SOPs regarding the health and safety of all the students and teachers while reopening the schools.

-RJV