The Allahabad High Court has raised concerns about the opening of schools in Uttar Pradesh amid the pandemic, fearing that young children may contract the infection due to their inability to follow precautions.
However, in the absence of ordering the closure of the schools, a bench of judges Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar asked the state government to constantly monitor all schools and ensure that all teachers and students follow anti-Covid guidelines.
“It has been reported that schools and universities in UP state have been open since December 7. It is of concern whether teachers and students would follow the Covid-19 guidelines. There is always the possibility that young children will violate the guidelines, ”observed the bank.
The court ordered the district administration of all districts to regularly inspect all private and government schools and to ensure that Covid-19 guidelines are followed regarding disinfection and the use of masks in schools.
The bank issued the instructions on Friday as it heard a public interest lawsuit seeking court intervention to control the spread of the infection.
The bank also asked the state government to inform it of various safeguards, during the upcoming “Magh Mela” next year amid the pandemic, and sought details of the arrangements for bathing ghats on various riverbanks during the annual fair.
During the hearing, the main policemen of Lucknow, Gautambudh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Meerut testified in affidavits before the court that policemen have been deployed on each 2-kilometer stretch of roads in their districts to ensure 100 percent compliance with the provisions on facial masking.
On this, the court ordered the main police officers to submit another affidavit detailing the police personnel deployed for this purpose. They were asked to submit affidavits at the next hearing date on December 17.