Uttarakhand Government: Recently, the Union Home Ministry allowed the states and Union Territories to decide when to reopen the schools and other educational institutes after October 15. Uttarakhand Government took a step ahead in order to make a decision.
On Thursday, the Uttarakhand Government asked all the district magistrates to give their valuable feedbacks to it within a week. The State School Education Minister Arvind Pandey conducted a meeting regarding this matter with his senior officials from his department.
According to Arvind Pandey, the reopening of the schools depends on the opinions of the school management and students’ guardians.
All the district magistrates now seek the opinions of the people who really count in this matter. This process is being carried in such a way that the final feedback can be delivered to the Uttarakhand Government within a week.
Arvind Pandey said it is proposed that the schools should be reopened in three phases. In the first phase, classes from 9 to 12 are to be opened.
Classes from 6 to 12 are to be opened in the second phase, and then finally, all classes in the third phase. But as he had already cleared, everything is dependent on the opinions of the school management and the students’ guardians which is going to be sent this week.
The MHA guidelines were issued on September 30, in the night. According to the issued guidelines, students will be allowed to attend a face to face classes in the schools and other educational institutions only when the parents give written consent to the school management. The attendance of the students should not be enforced by anyone.
The states and the union territories have the right to prepare their own standard operating procedure (SOP) dealing with the health and safety of the students, teachers, and management. The schools, if reopened, will have to follow the SOP released by the Education Department of the states or union territories.
As the guidelines say, states and union territories have the flexibility to decide when to reopen the schools and other educational institutions after October 15.
The guidelines also add that the online classes and e-learning will continue to prevail even after the schools reopen, so as to encourage the digital learning methods.
However, districts of Uttarakhand still are showing a big number of positive cases. Starting from the highest to lowest, Dehradun reported 336 positive cases, Haridwar 133, Nainital 112, Pauri 65, Chamoli 61, Tehri 59, Udham Singh Nagar 58, Champawat 54, Uttarkashi 41, Bageshwar 26, Pithoragarh 24, Almora 20, and Rudraprayag 16.
At present, Uttarakhand has over 5000 confirmed positive cases, while 648 have already died.
As the Union Home Ministry gave the flexibility to decide the reopening of the schools and other educational instiitutions, Uttarakhand Government seeks the opinions of its all district magistrates.
The district magistrates, indeed, are looking for the opinions of the school management and the students’ guardians too. The SOP is all set to be followed strictly by the schools. Schools will ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in the face to face classes.
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