SHILLONG: The Meghalaya government has proposed complete re-opening of Classes from VI to XII in both urban and rural areas across the State from February 8.
The Education Department's notification issued on Friday, stated that the decision to re-open the schools is a move to complete the courses, as well as to plan and prepare for the Board examination which would be held in the coming months.
For Classes I to V, the Education Department has recommended partial opening in urban areas like Shillong, Jowai and Tura; but only for consultations, submission of assignments and discussions with teachers. However, the department has recommended complete opening in the rural areas.
Even in the case of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, which come under the gambit of the Central education, the notification issued by the Meghalaya government recommended complete opening for Class VI to XII.
The Education Department has also asked the schools to strictly adhere to several SOPs and protocols which are in place for COVID-19. These SOPs include mandatory parental consent for attendance. The Department has also asked the school-management committees to consult the stakeholders before reopening any classes.
Earlier, the Meghalaya Education Department had declared the closure of all academic sessions from December 21. On December 16, the Principal Secretary of the State Education Department, D.P. Wahlang, in a notification said that the 'Adjusted Academic Calendar' (AAC) for all classes except those appearing for the Board examinations in 2021 have been revised. The schools were earlier closed for the winter vacation and were set to reopen from January 11, 2021. The final examinations are reportedly to begin from March 11 and continue till March 20, while the term break will be from March 21 to 31. The new academic session of 2021-22 is slated to begin on April 1.
COVID CASES: Meghalaya has detected 27 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours. With the new cases, the number of active COVID19 cases in the State now stands at 81 while the number of deaths remains unchanged at 147. (Agencies)
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