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Source: Kyodo News

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES: STATES PLAN REOPENING OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES FROM JULY 1

Schools and colleges for the secondary level will reopen in Maharashtra from July 1 outside Covid-19 red zones. In a statement, on Monday, the state government said that the classes for students of Class 6 to 8 will resume from August.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting to take a decision on the reopening of the educational institutes. Varsha Gaikwad, School education minister was among those who attended it.

After the strict nationwide lockdown, the government decided a three-phase plan to lift stringent restrictions assessed over two months ago to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is clearly mentioned in the second phase that the government is planning to reopen all educational institutes including schools and colleges after holding meetings with states and Union Territories.

A government circular said that though in some areas, schools cannot be opened, the process of teaching cannot be stopped. The use of digital technology to reach out to students should be adopted.

Gaikwad added that from Class 2 onwards, the government has specified certain hours of online teaching per week for students and that there were needs for reopening all schools from August.

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Ratan Lal Nath, the education minister said that in Tripura, the state government has hired a committee to examine the timings and modalities of re-opening educational institutions. He further added that there is a committee of 32 members and the committee members are from different fields, including the education department officials. Along with experts, six parents will be on the committee as invited members. They will examine the timing for the re-opening of all the educational institutions.

The students have been directed by the Uttarakhand government to submit health certificates saying they have suffered from influenza-like illnesses over 14-days before taking the board examination. As a security measure, students will have to reach examination halls an hour early to ensure social distancing norms and carry personal sanitizers.

A new date sheet from June 22-25, has been released by the Uttarakhand government for the remaining board exams.

To assure social distancing, the number of examination rooms has been doubled, said R K Kunwar, the state’s school education department director. Moreover, students with a fever will be allowed to write their papers in separate rooms.

The state education board has demanded school authorities to have sanitizers in every examination room, in Rajasthan. The students have to reach there at least an hour before the start of the exams.

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