All Round View (Peshawar) :
All Round View iew(Peshawar) : Several states and cities in India have decided to reopen their schools, colleges and other educational institutions in January2021. Schools across several cities and states have continued to remain shut for over nine months ever since the government enforced the lockdown in view of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Most of the states are reopening the schools only for higher classes such as students of class 9 to 12 have to appear for the board exams set to take place in the first half of 2021.
Bihar: The government of Bihar has announced that the schools in the states will reopen from January 4 for students of classes 9 to 12. Apart from schools, the Nitish Kumar-led government is also reopening coaching centres, degree colleges, medical colleges, and engineering colleges across the state.
Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to reopen upper primary to college classes and reopen hostels from January 4.
Odisha: The Odisha government has announced that schools will reopen for students of standards 10 and 12 from January 8 and will follow the detailed standard operating procedures to be strictly implemented by the authorities. However, hostels will not reopen now and the school buses will not be available for the students. Parents can make their own arrangements to take their wards to schoo
Kerala: Classroom studies for classes 10 and 12 resumed on the first day of the new year in the southern state. The Central University of Kerala (CUK) will resume regular classes on January 4.
Tripura: Tripura government has decided to reopen schools and colleges from January 4.
Kolkata: Jadavpur University has decided to keep all schools, libraries, sections, offices and departments open from January 4.
Thiruvananthapuram: With the government giving the green signal to reopen colleges in the state, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University here has decided to reopen its colleges on January 4.
Karnataka: Regular classes began in Karnataka for class 10 and second-year pre-university (PU) Class 12 students, who will be taking board exams, students from grades 6-9 came to campuses for the Vidyagama programme, which enables continued schooling.
Puducherry: Schools in Puducherry and Karaikal region will resume their regular academics activities from January 4 with all the COVID-19 protocols in place. The government instructed the heads of all government or private schools in Puducherry and Karaikal regions to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) to combat COVID-19. Colleges have already re-opened from mid-December for the research scholars, final year postgraduate, and undergraduate students.
Jalandhar: The Language Department has decided to start Urdu classes from January 4. An official informed that the department holds Urdu classes for free and it would be a six-month course. He said the classes would be held from 5: 15 pm to 6: 15 pm during the six-month period.
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has finally agreed to allow schools in the city to reopen and conduct physical classes for students from class 9-12 from January 4.
Ajmer: The Rajasthan Private Education Mahasangh has asked the state government to open schools from January 4.
Nashik: The civic body has decided to allow the reopening of schools across Nashik city on January 4 for students of classes 9-12.
Pune: The administration of Pune will be reopening the schools in the city from January 4, as per the Pune Municipal Corporation. The schools will only be reopened for students of classes 9 to 12 in the first phase with several Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Schools across the country have been closed since mid-March, even before the coronavirus lockdown was imposed. On Monday (October 5), the Education Ministry issued guidelines for their reopening.
When are schools reopening?
The Union government has permitted the reopening of schools in phases after October 15. However, the actual timing and manner of reopening will be decided by individual states.
This means what students actually experience will vary depending on where they go to school.
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For instance, Delhi has decided against bringing back students until the end of the month, despite the union government’s go-ahead. Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, has announced a phased reopening, but has left the final decision to the districts, based on the local Covid-19 situation.
So, do younger children go back to the classroom first, or do the older ones?
This too, has been left to the discretion of the state governments.
According to senior officers in the Education Ministry, the union government had already indicated its preference last month, when the Home Ministry permitted senior students of Classes 9 to 12 to meet their teachers in schools voluntarily.
However, if a state were to decide to bring back the youngest students first, the Education Ministry will not interfere, a senior officer told The Indian Express.
Who returns to the classroom first, the younger children or older ones?
What is the union government’s stand on attendance?
The Education and Home Ministries have categorically said that students will not be forced to attend classes in school.
“Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent,” the Ministry’s guidelines for reopening states. Those who choose not to go back to school can attend classes online. For schools that lack an ICT-enabled environment, teachers are expected to interact with students and parents on the phone about “on-going learning in the class and keep track of students through interview mode”.
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What is the Centre’s stand on attendance for students?
What would school life look like amid the pandemic?
Even if parents decide to send their children to school, they will not be going every day. Attendance could be rotational, on alternate days, or every two days.
On the days a student is at home, she will be asked to self-study chapters that are “essential but conceptually easier to understand”.
What will school life be like for students amid Covid-19?
In case of high enrolment numbers, schools can explore running in two shifts “by reducing time duration of school hours per shift, such that the school is able to manage with the same set of teachers in the overall school hours”.
When in school, the wearing of masks will be compulsory for students, teachers and staff. All students will have to follow a strict hand hygiene routine, and will sit six feet apart in classrooms.
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Sharing of notebooks, food and toys amongst students will be prohibited. Classes would be held outdoors on days when the weather is pleasant.
If possible, school bags for students of lower primary classes (I to V) will be discouraged and all necessary learning material may be kept in the classroom.
And what about for the staff?
As far as possible, parents will be encouraged to use their personal transport to drop children to school. Aged teachers and staff, and those living in containment zones will not be allowed to come in.
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What about assessments?
According to the Education Ministry’s guidelines, for at least two to three weeks after reopening, schools will not conduct any assessment. Even when they do, the pen-and-paper text format will be discouraged for students across all grades to “ensure emotional well-being of the students”.
What about school assessments for students?
“Assessments in the form of role plays, choreography, class quiz, puzzles and games, brochure designing, presentations, journals, portfolios, etc., may be preferred over routine pen-paper testing,” the Education Ministry’s guidelines state.