Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said the decision would be communicated to schools across the state and that the directorate of education would issue a standard operating procedure (SOP) ahead of the resumption of classes. He further said the state has not taken a decision on restarting classes for primary school students yet.
Students of Classes X and XII would not be able to appear for board exams without completing practicals, the chief minister said while announcing that they would have to complete practicals within the next three months.
“The education department reviewed the situation, and going by its opinion, it has been decided that Classes X and XII will resume from November 21 by following the SOP,” Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio, said. He added that meetings to discuss the reopening of schools were held with government officials, stakeholders in the education sector, and others.
The Centre’s Unlock 5.0 guidelines stated that schools could reopen from October 15, even as state governments were given flexibility in the matter. Parental consent, however, was made necessary if students were to attend physical classes. The guidelines also encouraged online learning and stated that if students preferred to stay at home and attend online classes, schools should permit them to do so.