No, Schools Are Not Closed Till Dec 31; Class 9, 12 Students Will Be 1st To Attend School
After many speculations about schools being closed till December, finally, the Centre has come up with a plan to re-open schools and other educational institutions in a phase-wise manner and is expected to commence from September 1 till November 14.
Will Schools Remain Closed Till December?
But so far, the government agency clarified that the “Center government has not made any such decision” yet, as per the reports.
As we all know that the schools have been closed since mid-March due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Earlier the fake news about school being closed till 1 December was circulating on twitter.
However, now the schools will reopen once the discussion with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs once the situation is conducive according to the latest statement of the Education Minister.
The decision is likely to be notified to the states later this month, which will help in unlocking the remaining activities after August 31.
According to sources, the final decision will rely on the state governments on how and when to bring back students to the classrooms.
A survey conducted earlier in July indicates that parents are not willing to send their children to schools just yet but the center argued that students of economically weaker sections are suffering due to lack of online educational tools.
So, its harder to choose between on-campus and online schooling.
What Is The Plan For Re-Opening School?
According to the recommendations by the ministry of human resource development and the health ministry, they plan on the opening of schools and running them in a phased manner.
As per the plan, the reopening will happen in a phased manner and students in classes 9 to 12 will be called first.
While students in classes 1 to 5, in the 6 to 10 years age group, would not be going back to classrooms anytime soon, According to ministry officials.
Basically, the students of Class 10 to 12 would be asked to attend school for the first 15 days.
In that also, if class 10 has four sections then half the students of sections A and C would come on particular days and the remaining half on the other days.
The timing will be restricted to 5-6 to 2-3 hours everyday and schools are likely to run in shifts like 8 am to 11 am or 12 to 3 pm with a one-hour break in between for sanitization.
Apart from this, the schools would be advised to run on 33% capacity of teaching staff and students following the social distancing norms.
The final decision of opening the schools will be taken by state government according to the COVID-19 caseload and the popular opinion of school management and parents.