Upper primary schools can re-open for ‘taking guidance’ from Oct 15: Edu Minister

Shillong, Oct 7: Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday informed that the state government has permitted students from Class VI to Class VIII to attend schools for ‘taking guidance’ from October 15.

He added that the schools will have to follow the same protocols that were issued when schools for Class IX and above were reopened last month for consultation.

Rymbui said that the decision was taken after a review meeting which was held to discuss the directives by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding reopening of schools under Unlock 5.0.

He added that schools will be reopened on voluntary basis only for clarifying doubts on subjects or to discuss the recently truncated syllabus.

The Education Minister added that the Department of Education has also written to the Director of School Education requesting him to write to Sub Divisional School Educational Officers and District School Educational Officers across the state so as to seek opinions from stakeholders.

He said in rural areas cases of COVID-19 is relatively lower than in urban areas and therefore, it depends on the schools, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders on how to proceed with the MHA directives.

Rymbui stated that schools in remote areas have suffered more during the pandemic as they lack facilities to go for online classes.