Maharashtra education department plans to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12 from November 23 – education
Maharashtra’s education department plans to reopen schools for classes 9-12 on November 23, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Friday.
“We have proposed a gradual reopening of schools after Diwali recess, as the government is trying to unblock various sectors in the state. The idea is to start with the upper classes first, and for this we have written Detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Drafts of the standard operating procedures are submitted for approval by the Chief Minister, ”Gaikwad said in a statement.
Parents said that many will remain skeptical about sending their children to school. “Parents are concerned about sending their children until there is a vaccine or the Covid-19 cases drop substantially. They will not want to take any risks when it comes to children’s health. The government should explore flexible options for online and offline learning, ”said Anu Sinha, a father of Thane.
Gaikwad said that care will be taken to ensure that all security protocols suggested by the central and state government are followed when schools reopen. “The government will ensure that adequate measures are in place for the safety of students and teachers in schools,” Gaikwad added. On Friday, HT had reported on the government’s plans to hold board exams for classes 10 and 12 in May.
In June, the education department introduced POE on online learning, which also consisted of plans for the physical reopening of schools. However, with the center’s decision not to open schools until October, schools in the state were unable to reopen. Now that the Diwali holidays are approaching, the government plans to reopen schools only for the end of November.
Consistent with previous SOPs, school management committees were asked to consider options such as shift operation of schools, staggered school hours, changing seating arrangements in classrooms, disinfecting schools, not allow crowding on buses, etc. Similarly, local administrations were asked to ensure sanitation of schools and review of teachers and students.