Kohima: Following the order to close down all educational institutions in the state with effect from March 17 to April 12, the state’s school education department issued a 10-point guidelines on Tuesday for the interest of the student’s community.
A notification issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy said that all schools must strictly follow the order issued by the home department in regard to closure of the schools. Advising all schools to keep their school offices open to enable dissemination of necessary information to the students from time to time, it said that all teachers of the schools (both government and private) should be in their respective places of work and shall be engaged in awareness activities on COVID-19 in their respective localities. The health & family welfare department shall provide necessary skilling and IEC materials.
It notified that while organising scheduled examinations (CBSE/ICSE), seating arrangements should be made ensuring physical distance of one metre among the students.
It encouraged the usage of e-learning by students & teachers during the closure of schools by using online apps/tutorials, discussion/learning through effective use of social media such as WhatsApp.
To compensate for the loss of working days, it said that the department will be taking measures like declaring Saturdays as working days, cutting down on summer and winter holidays which will be notified in due course of time.
It notified that teachers should make lesson plans and prepare strategies to manage their classes during this period so that they can efficiently manage their classes when the schools reopen.
Advising students to keep up their reading habits, ait encouraged the reading of textbooks. It also urged the parents/guardians to keep their ward(s) within the safe environment of their houses by avoiding large gatherings and public places to the extent possible and that students should be taught on proper personal hygiene and social hygiene like hand washing by the parents/guardians.