Gujarat to reopen schools for class 9 to 12, colleges on Nov 23

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

November 12, 2020 1:59:36 am

(*9*)All college students have been directed to convey face masks, water bottle, lunch field and books from residence whereas schools have been requested to keep social distancing in school rooms and likewise guarantee availability of medical services close by.

The Gujarat authorities on Wednesday determined to reopen schools for lessons 9 to12 and all colleges within the state on November 23, 9 months after they had been closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Online lessons will proceed for college students whose mother and father usually are not keen to ship their wards to schools.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, in a Cabinet assembly, took the choice to reopen schools for secondary and better secondary lessons, postgraduate, medical and paramedical programs together with last yr of undergraduate programs in colleges throughout the state.

Final yr of engineering programs together with polytechnic colleges and all lessons of Industrial. Training Institute (ITI) can even resume from November 23, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama introduced after the Cabinet assembly.

Though the Education Minister added that detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for schools will likely be issued via a Government Resolution (GR) quickly, fundamental pointers have been outlined after the assembly that will likely be relevant to all schools, together with authorities, grant-in-aid and self-financed, throughout boards.

“A detailed GR with the SOPs as well as responsibilities of schools and parents will be issued in a day or two. These would be uniform for schools across districts and cities, irrespective of the board they are affiliated to,” Chudasama informed The Indian Express. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and all different schools underneath the social justice and empowerment division can even reopen after Diwali.
To keep away from overcrowding in schools, the state authorities has directed them to observe an odd-even components whereby lessons 9 and 11 will perform three days in per week and lessons 10 and 12 the remaining three days.

However, on-line lessons will proceed as it’s not necessary for college students to attend faculty. Attendance will rely fully on parental consent. At current, there are not any on-line lessons because the schools are closed until November 18 for the 21-day Diwali trip from October 29.

Parents wishing to ship their youngsters to faculty have to give their consent in writing and have to be certain that their ward goes to faculty sporting a masks. They must also sensitise their youngsters not to trade masks with others.

Also, mother and father have to guarantee common monitoring of youngsters’s well being and will keep away from sending them to faculty in case they’re in poor health or have any particular medical situation that will put them in danger. While no schools will reopen in containment zones throughout the state, mother and father have been suggested to use private transportation to drop and decide college students up from faculty.

Similarly, school college students have to give an enterprise, stated Principal Secretary, Education, Anju Sharma.

“The undertaking by college students will include their consent that they are attending classes on their own wish and not forced by the institution or anyone else,” Sharma stated.

Hostels will reopen although sharing the room is prohibited in the intervening time.

The state authorities in a press release stated that schools will reopen as per Government of India’s SOP pointers. These embody thermal screening, no morning meeting, no sports activities lessons or every other type of gathering inside faculty premises.

All college students have been directed to convey face masks, water bottle, lunch field and books from residence whereas schools have been requested to keep social distancing in school rooms and likewise guarantee availability of medical services close by. A scholar with any symptom will likely be instantly reported for medical care. If faculty buses are used for transport, they are going to have to be sanitised no less than twice each day, a authorities launch stated.

Calling it a “trial and error” mode, non-public schools have sought readability on sure factors although they welcomed the choice. “We are ready to follow the SOPs if these are logistically and financially feasible but if following these would take hours, then when will we teach the students? We are also keen to start classes but the government seems to be in a trial and error mode… there is no clarity on testing of teachers, following social distancing in classrooms with more than 60 students, etc.,” stated Manan Choksi, president of Association of Progressive Schools (AOPS).

While the state authorities has been reiterating that the choice to reopen schools has been taken solely after deliberations with all of the stakeholders, together with mother and father, schools, educationists, well being division and college managements, a number of mother and father in Vadodara have raised considerations in regards to the determination.

Advocate Kishore Pillai, president of the Vadodara Parents’ Association, stated mother and father have requested the federal government to push the reopening of schools to subsequent yr.

“We have sent a memorandum to the education minister as well as the secretary of the education department requesting not to reopen schools in a haste. The precautionary measures have to be worked out before reopening schools. There are several common areas and children will tend to share meals… The government must decide if the schools should increase the number of classrooms to maintain social distancing. We cannot afford to lose any lives or pose a threat to the children and their families. Most parents are willing to wait until March 2021 by which the vaccine could be available,” Pillai stated.

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