The West Bengal government has allowed the schools and colleges to reopen for classes 8 to 12 from February 3 as the Covid-19 pandemic situation has improved in the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a press conference earlier, had said that colleges, universities and polytechnic institutes will reopen from February 3. “Everything cannot be shut down indefinitely,” she said after a cabinet meeting. “Covid-19 cases have now decreased. Therefore, it has been decided to open schools, colleges and universities in the state on the basis of discussions with the state education department,” she added. She, however, said, "We will decide on reopening primary schools later." Tthe state government has issued a notification for holding open air learning sessions from pre-primary level students.