Speaking to the reporters, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “Classes for students of 10th and 12th standard will resume from January 11, following all COVID-19 guidelines.”
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Office tweeted, “Gujarat Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces the reopening of Standard 10 and 12 classes as well as Graduate and Post Graduate Final Year classes from January 11 across the State with mandatory compliance of Corona prevention standard operating procedures (SOPs) and consent of parents.”
Earlier, the state government had revoked its decision to reopen the educational institutions from November 23 in the wake of rising coronavirus cases post Diwali.
Exams for Class 10 and Class 12 students in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be held from May 4 to June 10 and results will be announced on July 15, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had announced.The Education Minister had requested all stakeholders, schools and parents to work together to ensure that students have a safe, stress-free and convenient environment for exams. The CBSE has also reduced the syllabus for each subject by 30 per cent to help students cope with the academic stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The paper pattern of the board exams will be based on the reduced syllabus. Students can also check the revised syllabus of the exam on the official website of CBSE.
What about other classes in higher education institutions?
No decision has been taken on the rest of the undergraduate classes. The government has said that a decision on resuming first and second year classes in colleges would be taken after analysing the report of the Education and Health Departments.
All the schools reopening today will have to follow the SOPs issued by the center that includes social distancing, sanitization of schools and other premises, thermal checking of students, teachers, and other staff, the mandatory wearing of face masks, and use of sanitizers. Also, schools will allow only a limited number of students in each section and any student having a high temperature or symptoms will not be allowed to enter the school.
A student in Pune says, “We used to attend classes online but it was boring. I missed school and my friends. It feels good to be back to the school”. Schools in summer zones of Jammu division resume classes for students of standard 9th to 12th from today.Schools for classes 9 and 11 reopen in the Gujarat; visuals from a school in Ahmedabad is attached in this article.
With a decline in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, schools in Gujarat will reopen for students of Classes 10 and 12 on Monday. The classes will also reopen for graduation and post-graduation final years with mandatory compliance of Covid-19 prevention standard operating procedures (SOPs) and consent of parents.
Here is all you need to know about the schools, college reopening:
1) The schools will have to strictly follow the Centre mandated SOP for reopening. Under this, the school administration is required to make arrangements for thermal guns, soaps, etc. for the same in coordination with the government officials.
2) The schools are asked to coordinate with the local Community health centers and Primary health care centers and follow the guidelines pertaining to social distancing, masks, etc in the classroom
3) With offline classes resuming, the online education system will continue as usual. However, school administration can stop the mass promotion of online classes.
4) Examination will be conducted for the syllabus that has been covered over the months now.
5) Students attending the schools will require the consent of their parents. The schools have sent the forms to all the parents. Attendance is not mandatory.
6) The decision to reopen schools for the students of Classes 10 and 12 will be applicable for all the education boards in the state across government grant-in-aid, and self-financed schools as well as those run by the social justice and empowerment department.