Jaipur: Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will reopen in Rajasthan from January 18, after remaining closed for nearly nine months due to the Covid-19 lockdown, according to an official statement issued on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made this announcement after holding a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the state with officials on Tuesday.

The decision to reopen schools for the students of classes 9th to 12th, those in the final year in colleges, coaching institutes and government training institutes was taken by CM Gehlot during a review meeting.

Medical college, dental college, nursing college, and paramedical college have been directed to reopen from January 11, taking into consideration Covid-19 vaccination.

He instructed that 50% attendance of the total capacity in each class will be on the first day, the remaining 50% will be on the second day in all these educational institutions.

He said the cases of the new strain of COVID-19 in the country and the state are of concern. “Any kind of negligence towards it can create a big crisis. In view of this, special attention should be kept on travellers coming to the state from other countries, including those affected by this virus,” the chief minister said.

He said that due to the new virus strain, a terrible situation has risen in England and lockdown had to be imposed again. “Taking lessons from the UK, precaution should be taken in Rajasthan,” Gehlot said.

Gehlot asserted that the state of coronavirus in Rajasthan is “well controlled with excellent management and cooperation of the people.” He said that the recovery rate has risen to an all-time high of 96.31%.

(With inputs from agencies)