The Gujarat government has decided to reopen Class 9 and 11 in the state. Permission has also been granted for tuition classes to begin physical classes.
The decision has been taken given the drop in COVID cases across the state and successful reopening of physical classes for Class 10 and 12 earlier.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Vijay Rupani has decided to allow physical classes for standard 9 and 11 in the state from February 1 onwards.
The minister said the earlier Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released by the state when classes 10 & 12 were reopened will have to be followed this time too for classes 9 and 11.
He said tuition classes can also resume physical classes but they will also have to strictly follow the SOPs.
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.
Schools reopening background
Schools in Gujarat reopened on January 11 after eleven months of being shut down due to the COVID pandemic. The state had at that time said attendance would be voluntary and online classes will continue till year-end. The state had earlier announced that it will allow physical classes to resume for Class 10 and 12 students as well as final year students of graduate, postgraduate and other courses.
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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