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Education Ministry issues school reopening guidelines

Rida Shaikh

With the Unlock 5.0 coming into effect from 5th October, the Education Ministry has tweeted the guidelines for the reopening of schools, colleges, and coaching centers. According to the directions mentioned for lifting the COVID-19 lockdown, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in India can voluntarily chose to reopen after 15th October only in the non-containment zones.

The exact dates for the reopening process will be decided by the respective State Governments.

After consulting the management of the schools and educational institutions, the governments of the individual state or union territories will decide on the reopening of the institutions.

The Department of Higher Education, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, will decide on the timings and dates of the reopening of schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.

The majority of the parents are unwilling to send their wards to schools and colleges. Various states like Uttar Pradesh have already issued the state-wise school reopening guidelines.

Students would only be allowed to attend the school with the written consent of their parents or guardians. If students want to continue with online classes, they may be permitted. Online learning or distance learning mode will be most probably preferred.

Considering the local requirements, States and union territories are required to prepare their own SOPs based on the SOP of the Educational Ministry.

Schools that have decided to open as a part of Unlock 5.0 will be strictly required to follow the SOP issued by the State Education Departments.

Higher Educational Institutions would only be allowed to reopen for Ph.D. research scholars and Post Graduation students in science and technology streams. These streams require experimental and laboratory work. They will be permitted on the following basis:

For centrally funded Higher Educational Institutions, the head of the institution has to satisfy himself/herself on the requirement of lab/experimental works.

Other institutions like state universities, private universities etc. may reopen only for lab/experimental works as per the decision of the respective states and union territories.

 

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