New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh Government has announced that they will allow the children orphaned by COVID to apply for free admission in private schools. The school Education Department, MP, tweeted “The school education department, Madhya Pradesh has come to the aid of students who lost their parents due to Covid-19 pandemic. As per the latest order issued by the department, the students who were eligible in the last session and the children who were orphaned during the Corona period will get free admission in private schools with priority in the online lottery.” The school education department will open the application window for students seeking free admission in the private schools on June 10. The lottery will be drawn on July 6 for online admissions.
Several state governments have offered relaxations after the Women and Child Welfare Ministry cautioned against panic created over children orphaned due to Covid fatalities. The Centre has also sanctioned Rs 10 lakh to each district to help children orphaned due to Covid. This is in addition to other schemes available for the welfare of children.
Earlier this month, amid the ongoing pandemic, keeping the safety and health of students as priority the state government had announced to cancel the MPBSE Class 12 board exams due to the prevailing situation of the pandemic in the country. Before that, the exams were postponed and the school education department was figuring out a way to conduct the offline exams in July.
“When the burden of COVID-19 is on the children, we cannot put the mental burden of examinations on them. We have formed a group of ministers, who after discussing with experts will decide the course of the results after considering internal assessment or other grounds,” state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said.
The Madhya Pradesh state government had also cancelled all the school exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were promoted on the basis of a revision test held in the month of November and a half-yearly examination conducted in February.