Schools and colleges are all set to reopen from the 1st of September in Meghalaya as per Government guidelines. The Education Department of the state has forwarded a set of recommendations in this matter.
After a cabinet meeting held yesterday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told reporters that in urban areas, classes I-V will continue in online mode. From classes VI to VIII, students will visit their school to submit assignments and interact with teachers to clear doubts etc. Regular offline classes will be held for classes IX-XII.
As far as schools in rural areas are concerned, school visits will involve with children of classes I-V while classes VI-XII will be open for regular classes.
The Chief Minister said that if there is a containment zone and people feel the schools nearby should not reopen, their suggestions will be considered. "We will go with local sentiments and carry people along," the CM said.
As far as schools in rural areas are concerned, school visits will involve with children of classes I-V while classes VI-XII will be open for regular classes.He said the government is ensuring that the school teachers are fully vaccinated. Those who have not yet taken both the doses, they will be required to produce a negative RT-PCR report on a regular basis. He said most college students have been already vaccinated.
According to Sangma , the government will not force the schools to reopen and sending children to schools depends on the decision of parents. Attendance will not be mandatory.
He said the state government felt it necessary to reopen the schools as the COVID-19 situation has improved and a large section of the people want the classes to resume considering that the students have suffered a lot in the pandemic.
Additional Chief Secretary, Education, DP Wahlang said the syllabi would be revised. "We will extend the academic calendar. We will also scale down the syllabus in due course," he said.