Ministry of Education releases guidelines for reopening of schools in a graded manner

In a major development, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released the School Reopening Guidelines and SOPs prepared by the Department of School Education & Literacy for Reopening of Schools.

The guidelines have been released following the Home Ministry’s permission allowing states to reopen schools from 15th October 2020 onwards in a graded manner within their jurisdiction after a thorough assessment of the prevailing situation.

Education Minister said that his ministry has prepared broad guidelines for the reopening of schools across the country keeping the safety of the students as its top priority. However, he said, while ensuring the complete safety of students, it is also important that ‘Suraksha’ and ‘Shiksha’ should go hand-in-hand and that academic continuity is maintained for the students.

Minister also added that the pandemic has affected the vulnerable sections of our society the hardest and therefore while reopening of schools, state governments, officials, school administrators, and educators need to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable students, including homeless and migrant children and those directly affected by COVID-19, are given priority.

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