Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on late Tuesday evening that he will give a final clarification on the opening of school for nusery upto class VIII even though the Task force has said that the classes should reopen by Monday, November 22.
Pramod Sawant, who is also the Education minister of the state, said that just because the task force has said that the schools should open by November 22, doesn't mean that the government has approved of it.
He said that he will discuss it with the PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations), ADEIs (Assistant Director of Education), management of school's and stakeholder's and give the final decision by the end of the week.
He further said he is worried about the health of the children as the age group of the children whose classes will be starting fall under the age of 18 and are not vaccinated.
However, expert committee member Dr Shekhar Salkar, who attended the task force meeting on Tuesday said that all the necessary SOPs will be laid down and have to be followed by the schools.
He also said that not only the driver's and teacher's have to vaccinated but also both the parents of a child as their children will be mingling with other children.
Meanwhile, Dr Shivanand Bandekar, dean of the Goa Medical Colleget and member of Covid Task force, said that in case Covid cases increases in the state after re-opening of schools, the Goa government had a back-up plan in mind.
"It is not that we will start schools just like that. Back up plan will be like this. Suppose we see that the positivity rate is rising, then our expert committee will immediately meet and take stock of the situation," Bandekar said.
He further said that the third Covid wave was unlikely to be a big affair considering the low infection rate in Goa, even after the festive season.