File photo of HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Srinagar: Schools are unlikely to open in the next two and half-months as Union HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal has said that all educational institutes which have remained closed since around March 16 will reopen after August 15.

The minister revealed the information in an interview to BBC Hindi on June 3.

As per reports, it was assumed that schools and colleges would reopen in July with 30% attendance and with younger students till class 8 remaining at home.

However, Pokhriyal in the interview finally said that schools and colleges would be reopened after August 2020, possibly even after August 15, 2020.

“We are trying to declare all the results from the examinations this session by August 15,” said the HRD Minister.

“This means those exams which have already taken place before and those which are taking place now,” Pokhriyal added in the interview.

The anchor asks again if that meant that schools and colleges would re-open after August, to which the HRD minister replied with an enthusiastic “absolutely”.

While CBSE board exams would be held from July 1 to July 15, ICSE/ISC exams will begin from July 1 till July 12.

NEET and JEE are also taking place in July while NEET will take place on July 26, JEE will take place from July 18 to July 23.

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