Dhangadi sub-metropolis has decided to close schools here for more than a week in view of the surging cases of coronavirus.

A meeting of the District Crisis Management Centre of Kailali convened yesterday had urged local levels in the district to suspend classes in the face of the risk of the coronavirus spread.

Heeding the centre's call, the municipality, in consultation with the principals of community and private and institutional schools, representatives from different teachers' organisations and PABSON and N-PABSON, decided to close schools until April 28.

Furthermore, the sub-metropolis has also decided to ask the schools to run online classes as an alternative to physical classes if possible and prepare for conducting the annual exams. Deputy Mayor Sushila Mishra Bhatta said the decision was taken after holding discussion with all the stakeholders.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 20, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.