Going by the latest media reports, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has announced that schools for classes 1 to 8 in the state will remain shut until 31 March 2020. The decision has been made considering the dismal and worsening coronavirus situation in the country. The CM added that for students from these classes, no tests will be conducted and the evaluation will be done based on their project work.
In a review meeting of the School Education Department, held on Friday, the chief minister stated,
“There will be no regular classes for the students of Classes 1 to 8 in the state until March 31, 2021. No test will be conducted for students of Classes 1 to 8, and they will be evaluated on the basis of the project work.”
Chouhan further added in the press release,
“Schools for Classes 10 and 12 will resume shortly for the Board exams. However, social distancing and other norms will be fully observed in the classrooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” he said.
The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh went on to say that the students from class 9 and 11 will be called in for classes at least once or twice a week. Earlier, Inder Singh Parmar, the School Education Minister, had told the Press Trust of India that the state has partially reopened schools from 21 September 2020 for class 9 to 12 with limited students amid strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Although 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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