The coronavirus outbreak is not completely over, but more states have recently made announcements regarding the reopening of schools and other educational institutions for physical classes. While some are considering the move, others have already fixed the dates for resumption of offline teaching-learning activities.
Most of these states are recalling senior students in the first phase. On the other hand, experts say that students from lower classes should be allowed to attend schools first. Here is the status of schools reopening in Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Rajasthan. Let’s know.
The Kerala government will consider reopening schools in a phased manner after vaccinating students against COVID-19. General Education Minister V Shivankutty said on Monday, however, that the reopening of schools is subject to the approval of the central government and the concerned COVID-19 specialist agencies.
The minister said, “Once we get the necessary approvals from the central government and the concerned COVID-19 expert committees and agencies, the state government will consider the option of reopening schools in a phased manner. “
The Delhi government had recently said that students of classes 10 and 12 would be allowed to go to their schools for admission related work, counselling, guidance and practical work for the upcoming board exams.
SOPs have been issued in this regard, including written consent of parents, non-sharing of books and stationery, sanitization of schools and thermal scanning.
Giving information, Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said, schools in Assam can reopen on September 1. The state is currently under COVID-19 restrictions and all educational institutions are closed. The minister on 6 August issued a revised notification on the timing and weightage of internal examinations, 2021-22 for class 11 and 10. In which it was mentioned that schools can reopen in September.
The Rajasthan government had said in July that schools in the state would reopen on July 2. Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara informed the school’s reopening date on July 22, but after the declaration of class 12th board results on July 24, the decision will be reconsidered.
The minister tweeted, ‘After discussing all the aspects in the meeting of the cabinet committee constituted to prepare the detailed SOP regarding the opening of the school, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that he will decide on the date and nature of the school opening. As of now, there is no update on the reopening of Rajasthan School.
West Bengal School
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on July 5 that the state government is considering reopening schools and colleges. The Chief Minister said that educational institutions may reopen in the state after the Durga Puja holidays, with classes starting on alternate days.
Tamil Nadu School
Tamil Nadu will resume physical classes for students of classes 9 to 12 from September 1 and allow reopening of medical colleges from August 16. State Chief Minister MK Stalin arrived at this decision after reviewing the COVID-19 situation with medical experts.
“Keeping in view the opinions of various sections, it is proposed to restart schools for classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 with 50 per cent students from September 1 in compliance with the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure, Stalin said that the School Education Department has been asked to start preparatory work in this regard.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said, schools in Karnataka will reopen for classes 9th to 12th on August 23. “We have discussed the current COVID situation, as well as some instructions regarding possible increase or decrease in the positivity rate in the coming days at all India level. On that we have come to some decisions,”
Primary and Secondary School Education Minister, BC Nagesh said on 9 August, “The Chief Minister held several meetings with the concerned people – task force, doctors and academicians. After considering all their votes, schools will have to be started keeping in view the future of the students. So we are all taking extra care.”