All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO-GHQ)) asked the state to reopen schools for all classes Credit: Representational Image

Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Wednesday has decided to partially reopen the upper primary schools in the state allowing students of Class VI to VIII only for consultation following all COVID-19 related standard guidelines.

Addressing the media, education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that a review meeting was held soon after the announcement of the guidelines issued by MHA in this regard.

Rymbui informed that since the state has already set up an order for allowing students of classes IX-X to visit the school for consultation likewise, the same process will be followed for classes VI to VIII.

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“Classes VI to VIII can attend schools to seek clarification or any input from teachers in the school but classroom teaching will still not be allowed since this is a partial reopening of schools,” said Rymbui.

This decision will be effective starting October 15 till further orders.

According to Rymbui, since Meghalaya has over 15,000 schools, the government has decided to entrust the District School Education Officer (DSEO) to consult with different stakeholders on reopening of the schools for classroom teaching.

“We have seen some places which is a COVID hotspot, so it is difficult for the government to decide. We want the DSEO to meet with teachers, parents, to carryout out consultation and submit the report by October 13,” said Rymbui.

The government will take a final call on October 14 or 15 concerning reopening of schools for classroom teaching.

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