The Mizoram government announced to resume schools on regular basis for students of Classes 10 and 12 from October 16th after witnessing a gradual decrease in the COVID-19 cases in the state, as informed by an official of the education department.
Reportedly, the decision was taken considering the Union Home Ministry’s order which allowed the states to reopen schools after October 15, depending on the COVID-19 situation in their respective states.
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The Director said that the decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte during the day, in which officials of the department and representatives of a church body, the Central Young Mizo Association, student bodies, and other stakeholders took part.
The Education Department has issued a separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which should be followed by all the authorities of schools and hostels besides students, he said.
The state government has partially reopened schools from September 21 for students of classes 9 to 12, allowing them to consult their teachers on subject matters. It set the limit of pupils who could go to the educational institutions in a day.
The attendees of the meeting agreed to continue with the existing system for students of classes 9 to 12 and decided to hold the next deliberation before mid-November to decide on reopening primary to high schools depending on the COVID-19 situation in the state, Lalrinchhana said.
The Mizoram government had closed all educational institutions and training institutes since March 17 due to the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
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