Before the physical reopening of colleges, Meghalaya Education Department has sought a report on the number of vaccinated students who are above 18 years of age before taking a call on reopening of colleges across the State.
Informing about this, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said this exercise will form a basis for opening up colleges as both health as well as the career of students is equally important.
"....we have seen these online classes are very difficult for the students. So classroom teaching is a must but we cannot take chances. So today I told the Additional Chief Secretary for the Education Department to write to all the colleges to know how many students who are 18 years and above who have been vaccinated," Rymbui said.
Since the eligible age for vaccination is currently 18 and above, this will benefit both undergraduate and postgraduate students as most of them are in the 18-23 age bracket.
Since the eligible age for vaccination is currently 18 and above, this will benefit both undergraduate and postgraduate students as most of them are in the 18-23 age bracket.Stating that states like Telengana has already opened its schools and many states are in the process of reopening, Rymbui said, "...So when we get that report then we will study maybe it will be safe to open the colleges first and schools later..."
He also informed that by Monday the letters are expected to be sent to different colleges.
".... first of all I want to know what is the percentage of the college students who are 18 years and above and have been vaccinated, maybe we can make a decision about these colleges, we can allow them to go ahead and start offline class," the Minister added.