Reopening of Schools: States allowed to decide after October 15 – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday released the guidelines for Unlock 5 that will come in force from October 1.

Under unlock 5.0, state governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision regarding the re-opening of schools and coaching institutions after October 15. However, the schools and coaching institutes need parental consent.

The decision can be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the following conditions:

  • Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
  • Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.
  • Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents.
  • Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.
  • States /UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
  • Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.

Under the latest guidelines, the department of higher education (DHE), ministry of education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation. Online/ distance learning will continue to be the preferred.

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