IMPHAL: With the educational institutions closed for over three months now following the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has sought suggestions and ideas from all including parents, teachers, and guardians for re-opening of educational institutions.
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Educational institutions within the state of Manipur have been closed down since March 12 as children are considered to be vulnerable group. This has substantially affected the education of children in many ways, T. Ranjit Singh, Commissioner, Education (S), Government of Manipur said in a notification.
Not only have the children missed classroom lectures, but their learning levels have also allegedly been dropped despite only and other learning options made available to them. Closure of schools for such a long time has also impacted the physical, health and mental well being of the children as well as their parents/guardians, the Commissioner, Education (S) added.
In view of the above, the state government is seriously considering restoring of academic activities in the best manner possible in the interest of all students, T. Ranjit Singh said.
In this connection, the state government has considered that it would be appropriate and beneficial to obtain written advice, feedbacks, inputs, suggestions and opinions from the public and concerned stakeholders including principals/heads of institutions of both Govt and Pvt Schools, renown academicians, parents, students’ organizations, NGOs and any person working in the field of education or any person who has considerable knowledge of working in schools, before taking an appropriate and consensus decision for re-opening of Educational Institutions and functioning of these institutions in post COVID-19 period, Ranjit stated.
Some of the indicative areas of focus for suggestions/feedbacks/inputs/ideas are 1) Precautionary measures that may be taken before and after opening of Educational Institutions; 2) Preferable timeline of opening of schools; 3) Contents of revised academic calendar and any other additional issues/matter related to opening of schools and related issues.
All valuable opinions, feedbacks, inputs, ideas, suggestions, etc may be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org latest by 19th June, 2020 positively. The submitted suggestions, inputs will definitely help the state government to take appropriate and strategic decision for reopening of schools so that the school academic process can begin at the earliest convenient time while ensuring safety and well beings of the students, the Commissioner of Education (S) stated.