Schools in Meghalaya to Resume Operation From 1 December 2020: Says Education Minister

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As per the latest updates received, the schools in Meghalaya will resume operation from 1 December 2020. The news was confirmed by the Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui. The decision was taken after thorough consultation with the various stakeholders of the schools, which includes the state management committees, parents and teachers. According to the updates, for the rural areas, the classes will begin for standards six onwards while in urban and semi-urban areas, classes will start from standards nine onwards. The respective school authorities will provide the timetable for the classes.

Reason Behind Resuming Classes in Meghalaya

Rymbui, stating the reason behind reopening schools, said that there had been significantly less engagement in online classes. As online classes are the only option left for the continuation of the education, even less than 30% of the students are being able to avail the facility of online classes. Not forgetting the fact that online classes remain a prerogative, many students are missing out on education because of this reason.

Condition in Rest of the Nation

Many states decided to reopen schools, colleges, and other educational institutions under ‘Unlock 6.0’ with special Standard Operative Protocols or SOPs. The campus ensured all the safety measures for the students and the staff; despite all these, there was a sudden spike in the COVID-19 positive cases. States like Andhra Pradesh were one of the first states to report such adverse effects, wherein almost 60% of the staff tested positive after the reopening of the schools.

Not behind are states like Uttarakhand and Punjab, who have already resumed classes for the senior sections since November 2020. The junior sections will follow soon. Tripura state government also resumed classes in October for students from classes 9 to 12 with 50% attendance of teachers and implementing the COVID-19 related Standard Operating Procedures.

Online Classes for the Rest

As for the junior sections, the schools are maintaining the flow of education via online classes. Schools have been shut in India since March 2020 after a pandemic hit the nation. It has been over eight months, and the environment is still not conducive enough for conducting regular classes. Many states have decided to cut down the syllabus, keeping in mind the well-being of the students. Although the situation is getting worse day by day, all one can do is hope for a better future.

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