Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, said schools will reopen for classes 10 and 12 from November 21 onwards with adherence to all Covid-19 safety protocols.
Speaking to reporters, the chief minister said the state government had taken into confidence all stakeholders before deciding on the resumption of school for classes 10 and 12.
“We have reviewed the situation, and it was a unanimous decision that from November 21 schools for standards 10 and 12 will resume with all SOPs in place,” he said, adding that the decision will be communicated to all schools. The state education department had consulted parents, teachers and school managements were taken into confidence, it was stated.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government will take a decision on resumption of normal school classes after November 5, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said.
The minister said a meeting of the state’s education department and the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) will take place on November 5 to discuss the matter.
“Whether selection test will be there and if not, what steps will be taken all these instructions will be given after this meeting.
The decision on resuming normal class activities and other issues will be known only after November 5,” Rymbui said.
Regular classroom activities for schools and other educational institutions in the state were shut since March this year due to the pandemic and students of standard 6 and above are allowed to have a consultation with their teachers on conditions that protocols are strictly followed.
According to the minister, “consultations” with stakeholders – management committees, parents, teachers – is on at the moment.
The views given (by the stakeholders so far) are very diverse in nature.
But what is important is that whatever decision we will take, it will be for the larger interest of the students in terms of education as well as health safety, the minister said.
When asked about selection tests for class 10 students, Rymbui said, following the November 5 meeting, matters related to the issue will be discussed and a decision will be taken.
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