Imphal: Manipur education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on Friday has informed that the government has not yet decided for reopening of schools, both government and private, in the state.
Speaking to media persons, minister Radheshyam further clarified that as per the SoP issued by the ministry of health and family welfare, the partial reopening of schools for students studying at Class 9 to 12 is purely based on voluntary with the consent of their parents.
There will be no resumption of regular classes, however, if those students studying between Class 9 to12 are willing to go to school voluntarily and that there is no compulsion that students must attend school, said Radheshyam.
The parents also have to give their consent in writing if their children are willing to attend school. There will be no regular classes and that it is just for guidance on topics that the students want to understand, he added.
He stressed that there is no decision on reopening of school in the state from September 21 for students of 9th to 12th. He also expressed that it is very unfortunate that the misinformation on reopening of schools has created confusion and anguish among the parents, students and teachers’ fraternity.
“Parents and teachers are already worried since schools have been closed in the state for more than six months. And now if we give them the wrong information, it will double their worried. So, let us avoid spreading wrong information,” said the minister.
Since March, schools and colleges have been closed down in the state owing to the pandemic and the concerned authorities have reached out to various stakeholders and discussed in regards to reopening of educational institutions.
We are in constant touch with the stakeholders, including students’ leaders, CSOs leaders and parents, and regularly hold meetings both online and offline to discussed on the preparedness on reopening of schools, said Radheshyam.
The minister reiterated that the decision on reopening of schools will be taken up in a meeting with the chief minister N Biren Singh and stakeholders’ taking into account the current situation of COVID – 19 in the state. He added that until the state government issues SOP for reopening of the schools in the state, no educational institutions and students’ hostels are authorized to resume classes.
“Life is more precious than anything else and this is our main focussed that we must secure and safe our lives, after that any activities will follow,” Radheshyam said.
According to the minister, schools and other institutions used for quarantine centers has been cleared and sanitised except one college in Imphal which was used as the testing center. In the next few days, the testing center will also be shifted to another location, he added.