Gujarat government is apparently all set to open schools post-Diwali subject to certain conditions, sources said. It should be noted that schools in the state have been shut down since March after the lockdown was announced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to sources, the government is likely to announce the reopening of schools from November 23 onwards. It will be giving parents two options either to opt for online education or to attend physical classes.
The likely options in reopening schools
The education department will open schools in a phased manner, sources said. In the first phase classes, 9 to 12 will be open while in the second phase class 6 to 8 will be opened. Class 1 to 5 will resume only after the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, sources said.
Even when schools are opened, they will have to follow the COVID-19 management guidelines. This includes ensuring only 50% attendance in schools and maintaining social distancing.
Students will be called every alternate day. Earlier the education department and officers of the health department had also met to chalk out a strategy to reopen schools.
Education department officials who also attended a meeting with schools on the issue said that although one round of discussion has been done, the department will be meeting several stakeholders before a final decision is taken in the matter.
The education department will later come out with an SOP for the same.
What education minister had said about school reopening?
Earlier education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama had said they will hold several rounds of consultation with all stakeholders on the issue of reopening of schools and will arrive at a decision.
He had also expressed his opinion that how long can schools be allowed not to open? As of now, education across all boards is carried out online.
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