State govt yet to finalise decision on reopening of schools: Education Minister

State govt yet to finalise decision on reopening of schools: Education Minister

DIPR/ TMB Report

Imphal: Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam on Friday informed the media that the decision on reopening of classes from 21st September, 2020 for students of 9th to 12th is yet to be taken up by the State Government. 

Several rounds of meetings and conferences are being held with stakeholders on the feasibility, criteria and steps that may be needed for school reopening.

The minister was addressing a press conference held at his Office Chamber, New Secretariat. He further said that an SOP was issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Directorate General of Health Services (EMR Division), Government of India – ‘SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers: In the context of COVID-19’.

Dr. Th. Radheshyam further stated that the SOP is for partial reopening of Schools and not for regular classes. It is purely on a voluntary basis, that is, if the students of classes 9th to 12th are willing to go to school voluntarily and that there is no compulsion that students must attend school. The parents also have to give their consent in writing if their wards; 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 21st September for students of 9th to 12th.  He also expressed that it is very unfortunate that the misinformation on reopening of schools have created confusion and anguish among the parents, students and teachers’ fraternity. 

The Minister reiterated that the decision on reopening of schools will be taken up in meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister 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.

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