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School reopening and MHA guidelines

School reopening status and MHA guidelines

October 1, 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 issued new guidelines for reopening of schools, colleges and educational institutions after October 15.  The MHA stated, “For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State/ UT Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation.”

The MHA further added that the decision shall be taken with considering the following conditions:

  • Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
  • Wherever schools are conducting online classes and if some students prefer to attend online classes rather than attending physically, they may be permitted to do so.
  • Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents.
  • Attendance must not be enforced and depend entirely on parental consent.
  • States/UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
  • Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.
  • Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges/Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
  • HEIs will be permitted to reopen from Oct 15 only for research scholars (PhD) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/ experimental work.
  • For Centrally Funded Higher Education Institutions, the Head of Institution will satisfy herself/ himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (PhD) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream for laboratory/experimental works.
  • For all other Higher Education Institutions like state and private Universities, they may open only for research scholars (PhD) and postgraduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/experimental works as per decision to be taken by the respective State/UT Governments.

Read: Class 9-12 students may visit schools on a voluntary basis: MHA guidelines

Also read: Karnataka: Reopening of colleges postponed

Also read: Tamil Nadu: Lockdown extended till Oct 31; withdraws decision to reopen schools

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