Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama has announced that the schools will reopen for classes 10 and 12 in the state. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
As per the announcement, Class 10 and 12 will reopen on January 11. The final year of postgraduate and graduate classes will also open on the same day.
He clarified that despite limited reopening, the schools and colleges will have to follow the Centre’s SOPs for COVID.
Students will be mandatorily required to wear masks when in school and college. All students will also be regularly checked with thermal guns to ensure they don’t have a fever.
Chudasama also clarified that the attendance of students at school is not mandatory. He said a decision on reopening of other classes will be taken in a phased manner. He said classes 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be reopened in the odd-even scheme and that students can only attend schools after the guardians permit them to do so.
He said online education will continue for students who do not want to attend school.
School reopening background
Originally the Gujarat government was all set to open schools post-Diwali in November end subject to certain conditions. Schools in the state had been shut down since March after the lockdown was announced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
The department had said it would open schools in a phased manner. In the first phase classes, 9 to 12 was to be opened and in the second phase class 6 to 8 was be opened. But the post-Diwali surge in COVID cases in Gujarat forced the government to postpone the reopening. The doctors had also warned against the reopening of schools then.
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