Govt. announces re-opening of upper primary schools for teacher-student counseling from October 15

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Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui

 

Announcing the re-opening of upper primary schools for teacher-student counseling from October 15, Education Minister Lakhmen Rymbui today said a decision to resume regular class activities will be taken after consultation with all stakeholders.

After holding the review meeting, Rymbui said,“We have decided to allow reopening of upper primary schools for teacher-student counseling from October 15, as was done in the case of secondary and higher secondary schools.”

The education department has sent a letter to the Director of School Education asking him to submit the feedback by October 13. Subsequently, the Director had directed all District School Education Officers (DSEOs) and Sub Divisional School Education Officers (SDSEOs) to seek the feedbacks from the school management committees (SMCs), teachers and parents on whether schools can be reopened for resuming of normal classes (in view of the prevailing situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Meghalaya has a total of 2,31,668 students studying in classes VI to VIII in the different schools that are central, state, government aided and private run institutions.

Reiterating that regular class activities for schools and other educational institutions will continue to remain closed until further orders, the education minister however said the government has decided to take feedback from all stakeholders before taking a final call for resuming normal class activities.

“Students of classes VI, VII, VIII can visit the respective schools based on the consent of their parents. Since we have truncated the syllabus and have published the academic calendar, this will help students get more clarity on the topics they need to study,” he said.

“We have directed that all the feedback needs to reach the directorate by October 13-14 after which the government may finalise its decision on the matter on October 15 or 16,” Rymbui added.

On the other hand, the minister also informed that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the government on September 17 and October 1 respectively, will remain unchanged.