Unlock 4.0 is going to start soon. The Ministry of Home Affairs recently issued the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines, making it compulsory for all educational institutions as well as coaching centers to stay shut till 30th September.
Only in those areas outside of containment zones students can choose to willingly visit the school premises. As the schools and colleges remain physically locked, classes through distance learning and online teaching will continue as earlier.
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As per the Unlock 4.0 directive, schools and colleges are only permitted to have 50% of the staff members present physically at a time. This will be in impact from 21st September 2020.
As for the areas outside of containment zones, students of senior and senior secondary classes can attend the school if they wish to. It is to be reported that students cannot be made to physically attend school against their wishes and without the approval of their parents.
MHA has also been consulted by the Department of Higher Education for permitting research scholars pursuing a Ph.D. to visit their respective organizations. This is due to the reason that these scholars would need the use of labs and other academic resources that are only accessible at the institution.