After about eight months of educational institutes being shut amid the COVID-19 outbreak, schools in Madhya Pradesh for classes 10 and 12 will reopen on 18 December 2020. The decision was made keeping in mind the Board exam that is to commence very soon. For the reopening of classes 9 and 11, the decision is left upon the school principals, which will be taken based on teachers’ and students’ availability.
The Minister of State for Education, Inder Singh Parmar, at a review meeting, recently stated,
“The attendance of the students will depend upon the consent of parents and guardians. The consent given by them will be valid for the entire session. However, attendance of students is not mandatory. Those who wish to study through online mode will be allowed to do so.” He added that attendance for teaching and non-teaching staff has to be 100 percent.
According to the MP School Education Department, officials have released a detailed set of guidelines that will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety of students and staff members on their respective campuses. It is mandatory for the students to frequently wash their hands and adhere to the social distancing norms set in place. The standard operating procedure has to be enforced to avoid overcrowding and the spread of infections. The guidelines further state that no group activity, like swimming, sports, prayers, etc., will be permitted.
Although physical classes will resume for classes 10 and 12, online classes and virtual modes of education will continue until further orders, for students of other classes. Although many states are planning on reopening educational institutions in a staggered manner, the rest of the states are resorting to the online mode to keep the inflow of knowledge constant and steady. Though the online method is not the best solution, it is the only feasible one amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Students can only pray for the situation to get better so that education can go back to normal.
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