Stakeholders discuss strategies for re-opening of schools and colleges post lockdown

SHILLONG, Apr 25: A meeting convened by the Meghalaya Education department with the stakeholders of schools and colleges was held on Saturday to discuss strategies for reopening of schools post lockdown.

Apart from discussing reopening of schools, the meet also discussed on school fees, hostel fees, declaration of the Class X results and conducting the remaining papers of Class XII.   

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Principal Secretary, Education Department, D. P. Wahlang informed that discussions held at the meeting were internal.

“Decisions have been taken but these are internal as of now, because we still have to discuss with health department and also at the higher level,” Wahlang told reporters.

On the issue of reopening of schools, the Principal Secretary, Education department said that he cannot say when the schools will reopen because that call will have to be taken after more consultations with authorities of the Health department.

On the issue of School fees, he informed that meet have more or less agreed that the fees for the period during lockdown that is from March to and May will be exempted for those who are impacted by this lockdown.

“If a parent is a daily labourer and has not been able to go to work (during the lockdown period) then they won’t have to pay fees,” Wahlang informed.

When asked who will assess such students, the Principal Secretary said that the managing committees have the statistics and also data on the parent’s income and they will have to take a call and issue directive in due course of time.

He also informed that evaluation of answers scripts has already started even as he said that last year the Class X Matric exam results were declared on May 26 and it will not be very far from that date this year too.

Wahlang also informed that the Meghalaya Board of School Education still has to conduct examinations for four papers of Class XII.

“That will be done in the month of May only provided there is a small caveat that, if the lockdown is not extended,” the Principal Secretary said.

Therefore, Wahlang said that there is nothing final as of now because no one is sure about the lockdown.

“If it is extended we will have to revisit again but if it is not extended then we have our plans,” he said.

It may be mentioned that schools and other educational institutions in the state has been closed since March 17, to stop the outbreak of COVID-19.   

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