Unlock 5: States To Decide On Reopening Schools, Online Classes To Continue
School Reopening News: States and Union Territories will decide on reopening schools and educational institutions after October 15, the government said in the fresh guidelines issued today.
States and Union Territories will decide on reopening schools and educational institutions after October 15, according to the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today. The guidelines will come into effect from October 1, 2020. The new guidelines are based on feedback received from states and union territories and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments. Earlier, the Centre had allowed the partial reopening of schools for senior classes from September 21 and several states did reopen for Classes 9 to 12.
The MHA Guidelines has left the state and Union Territories to decide when to reopen schools and coaching centres and when they can start face-to-face classes. However, the guidelines also adds that "online or distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged".
As per the MHA Guidelines, students will be permitted to attend schools or institutions with the written consent of their parents and attendance must not be enforced. The states and the union territories will prepare their own SOPs regarding the health and safety of all the students and teachers. Schools which are allowed to open shall have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.