Centre issues guidelines for reopening schools, colleges from October 15
The education ministry has released new guidelines under Unlock 5.0 to reopen schools and colleges in the country from October 15. Under their newest notification, central government has allowed the opening of schools and colleges in restricted manner. However states would have the final say on whether they would allow students attend classes from the upcoming week.
"Checklist for a safe school environment, as adopted from UNICEF India guideline is provided for schools parents and students to contain the spread of COVID-19," the education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said.
Students can be allowed to join classes but only voluntarily and will have to provide a consent slip from their parents to enter schools. Teachers and students who live in containment zones however will not be allowed to attend. "Students may attend schools only with the written consent of parents. There will be flexibility in attendance norms. Students may opt for online classes rather than physically attend school," the education minister said.
The ministry of education guidelines included proper sanitisation of premises, flexibility in attendance, no evaluation for up to three from reopening and maintain a seamless transition from online classes during to conducting physical classes in campus. States have been advised to formulate Statement of Purposes (SOPs) of their own ensuring safety guidelines as per the local requirements.
"Schools may be encouraged to make their own SOPs based on the guidelines issued by states/UTs, keeping in view the safety and social distancing norms, and ensuring that the notices, posters, messages, communication to parents in this regard are prominently displayed and disseminated", the ministry stated.
Assam government had earlier resumed classes for 9 to 12 standards of government run schools registered just around 11 per cent attendance in the first ten days of resumption of classes for standard IX to XII from September 21.
However, as per reports, schools witnessed only 11 percent attendance after ten since resumption across school in Assam. Government records stated that the highest attendance was recorded on September 22 (14.25 per cent) and the lowest was of 7.85 per cent on September 25.
Reports also state that now the Assam government is contemplating restarting classes for students of VI to VIII standards from November 1.