After about eight months of educational institutes being shut amid the COVID-19 outbreak, schools in Jharkhand for classes 10 to 12 reopens today. Along with schools, medical colleges and government training institutes have also been allowed by the state government to reopen with strict adherence to guidelines and SOPs.
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren, chaired the review meeting of the Disaster Management Department, in which the decision to allow the reopening of schools, dental colleges, medical colleges, nursing colleges, and other government training institutions was taken.
According to the office of Banna Gupta, State Minister for Disaster Management Department, the state government has released a detailed set of guidelines that will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety of students and staff members on the respective campuses. Students are required to frequently wash their hands and adhere to the social distancing norms set in place. The standard operating procedure has to be enforced in order to avoid overcrowding and the spread of infections.
Although physical classes have resumed for classes 10 to 12 today, for students of other classes, online and virtual modes of education will continue until further orders. Though many states are planning to reopen the educational institutions in a staggered manner, the rest are resorting to the online mode to keep the flow of knowledge steady. The online method may not be the best solution, but the feasible one amidst the current crisis. Students can only pray for the situation to get better so that education can go back to normal.
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