Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are filled with fake news. Misinformation is being spread on the internet. Recently, a message is going viral claiming that all schools and colleges in the country are being closed till September 30 amid COVID third wave.
According to the message, the educational institutions are being shut due to the rise in coronavirus cases. The graphic, making the claim, carries a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. It also claims that 50,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19.
दावा:#COVID19 की तीसरी लहर के कारण 30 सितंबर तक सभी स्कूल व कॉलेज बंद किए जा रहे हैं#PIBFactCheck— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) August 16, 2021
▶️केंद्र सरकार द्वारा ऐसा कोई फैसला नहीं लिया गया है
▶️स्कूल-कॉलेज खोलने व बंद करने का निर्णय राज्य सरकारों द्वारा लिया जाता है
▶️ऐसे फर्जी संदेशों व तस्वीरों को साझा न करें pic.twitter.com/xOsBlNAg4E
However, refuting the claim, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said that the claim is fake. It informed that no such announcement has been made by the Centre.
"No such decision has been taken by the central government. The decision to open and close schools and colleges is taken by the state governments. Do not share such fake messages and pictures," PIB's Fact Check tweeted in Hindi.
In fact, schools and colleges are opening amid a decline in COVID-19 cases.
The second wave of infection has kept students away from the schools for more than six months. However, with the downfall of daily new cases, the states have decided to open schools and colleges with mandatory COVID protocols.
States and union territories such as Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have already opened their schools.
Bihar government has reported schools on Monday after one and a half year for classes 1 to 8. In the national capital, schools are opened for senior students for practical and project-related work.
Schools in Karnataka will open for Class 9 and Class 10 students from August 23, while Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are likely to start physical classes from September 1.