Classroom teaching for classes 6 to 8 will resume in schools in Gujarat from Thursday. The resumption of regular classroom teaching will be done with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols issued by the Centre and the state governments.
Notably, attendance for students will not be compulsory and online classes will continue. According to education secretary Vinod Rao, the decision to reopen Gujarat schools was taken keeping in mind the long-term interest of students as coronavirus cases in the state have declined.
District education officers and primary education officers will ensure that schools comply with the standard operating procedure to avoid coronavirus infections.
The bureaucrat further added that attendance of students will be voluntary and only those students who bring parents’ consent will be allowed to attend classes.
Schools in COVID-19 containment zones will continue to remain closed. Those students who do not wish to attend physical classes will be allowed to study with the ongoing online classes.
Wearing face masks will be mandatory for students, teachers and other staff.
Class 10, 12 classes began on Jan 11
Gujarat resumed offline classes for students of Class 10 to Class 12 and final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from January 11, followed by Classes 9 and 11 on February 1 and first-year college classes from February 8.
According to the state government, the number of students in Classes 9 to 12 has gradually increased from 40 per cent to 70 per cent after the resumption.
Notably, COVID-19 cases in the state have drastically reduced in the past few weeks. However, the entry of the mutated variants of COVID-19 in the country has posed a fresh threat for the health authorities.
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