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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Guidelines for reopening of schools

Guidelines for reopening of schools HEIs outside containment zones

  • States/UTs may take a decision in respect of reopening of schools & coaching institutes after Oct 15, in a graded manner.

For schools or coaching centres ::

The guidelines issued by the Centre on Saturday said that Sudents can come to school but they will need a written permission of their parents or guardians. The Ministry has said that schools and coaching centres must encourage online learning if the students decide not to come to schools due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Colleges and Higher institutions::

Higher institutions can reopen only for PHd and PG students in Science and technology streams that need experimental or lab work.

Earlier, the Union Home Ministry had issued an order and made it clear that it was not compulsory for schools to restart classes on October 15. In the Unlock 5 guidelines, the MHA had also said that states and UTs have been given powers to take decision on re-opening of schools and coaching institutions after October 15 in graded manner.

The government said online and distance learningshould remain the  of teaching. Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, the government said. "Students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents," it said.

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Attendance must not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent, and states and Union Territories will make their own standard operating procedures (SOPs) on health and safety precautions before reopening schools and colleges.

The Ministry of Education has issued guidelines on opening schools and higher educational institutions. Based on which the states will have to frame their own guidelines. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for opening schools has come out earlier. In which detailed information about Kovid related precautions is given. Let us know what is in the new guidelines.

Schools and colleges may reopen after October 15, but beware

What are the guidelines for opening schools, coaching institutes?

Online / distance learning will be prioritized and promoted.

If a student wants to attend an online class, he or she may be allowed to do so.

  • Students can come to school / coaching class only with the written permission of parents. No pressure of presence should be put on them.
  • The state will prepare its own SOP based on the SOP of the Department of Education for Health and Safety.
  • Any school that opens must comply with the SOP of the state education department.

Rules for opening colleges and higher education institutions
The Department of Higher Education will decide when colleges and higher education institutions will open. Talks will be held with the Home Ministry for this. The guidelines of the education department are as follows.

Prioritize and promote online / distance learning

Currently, the institute will be open only to Research Scholars (Ph.D) and PG students who have to work in the lab. Even among the Centre's aided organizations, their heads will decide if labwork is needed. State universities or private universities may open their own according to local guidelines.

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