KATHMANDU, Nepal - Following the advice of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Centre (CCMCC) on Sunday, the government has decided to close schools across the country until January 29, with effect from Tuesday.
On Monday, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology issued a press release to that effect.
"The ministry has decided to close all basic and secondary schools from January 11 to 29 given the fast spread of the coronavirus and the presence of the Omicron variant in the country," the ministry's spokesperson, Deepak Sharma, issued the statement.
In addition, the ministry has urged that schools promote academic learning following the guidelines issued before school vacations.
Vaccines should also be given to children aged 12 to 17 during the vacation, according to the CCMCC.
According to the statement, the ministry has asked guardians to guarantee that their children eligible for vaccination receive their Covid-19 vaccine through local health posts that collaborate with schools.
Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the CCMCC requested on Sunday that the ministry extend the winter holiday until January 29.
"All the basic and secondary schools have been asked to issue notice to the guardians requesting them to not send their wards to school until January 29," reads one of the committee's recommendations.
Education Minister Devendra Poudel, self-isolating due to common cold and cough symptoms, stated that the ministry has decided to support the committee's decision to close schools until January 29. Still, colleges will continue to prepare for upcoming exams under health protocols.