Kathmandu District Administration Office has decided to allow schools to resume classes with the physical presence of students from September 17. The schools were closed for nearly six months owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to THT, Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Kali Prasad Parajuli, said they had decided to this effect after numerous meetings with all stakeholders involved in the education sector. "We cannot continue to close schools indefinitely as it is a matter of the future of children.

Having said this, we must oblige all schools and guardians to comply with all the COVID-19 health protocols before letting children join schools."

Earlier, the three CDOs of Kathmandu valley had authorised local governments to allow schools to reopen with the consent of the District COV- ID-19 Crisis Management Committee. In line with this, all the local governments inside the districts were looking to reopen schools at the same time to avoid confusion.

Today's meeting saw the participation of representatives of various local governments inside Kathmandu valley's districts, along with authorities from federal governments and members of the Guardians' Association.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 7 2021, of The Himalayan Times.