Kathmandu Chief District Officer Govinda Prasad Rizal told Xinhua News Agency: “According to the information I received this morning, a limited number of schools in Kathmandu district reopened on Friday.
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I do not have the exact number of reopened schools in Kathmandu district. On Thursday, the district administration office issued a public notice allowing schools to reopen in the district based on local government decisions, consultations with parents and confirmation of vaccinations for teachers and other staff.
Rizal said not all schools may be reopened before the Dashain festival, which begins in October.
“Several schools are in favor of reopening after the end of the upcoming festival season,” he said.
Most of the schools in Kathmandu did not open on Friday as the capital government has not yet made a decision.
“We have not yet decided to open a school in the city,” spokesman Wor Shwarman Dangol told Xinhua.
“We have arranged a stakeholder meeting for September 20 and based on the scheduled meeting we will decide whether the schools will be reopened.”
In fact, Nepal’s schools have not been running smoothly since the Kovid-1 hit the country in early 2020.
Although schools reopened in late 2020, they closed again after a second wave of the virus hit in April.
Earlier this month, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts of the Kathmandu Valley lifted the lockdown imposed from April 29, as new infections were relatively low.
According to private school owners, schools in the Valley are expected to reopen gradually, but the lion’s share of schools outside the Valley have already reopened.
Tikaram Puri, president of the Private and Boarding Schools Organization of Nepal, told Xinhua that most schools in the valley, except for the capital city, reopened on Friday.
“Schools that ensure access to good online education may be closed until the upcoming big festival, but other students fail to ensure online education,” he said.
In the last two hours, 1,08 new infections and 10 deaths have been reported in Nepal, bringing the total number of infections to 3,0755 and the death toll to 11,012.
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