Meghalaya Govt decides to allow schools to reopen for class 6 to 8 students
Following the notification issued by the Centre on the reopening of schools, the Meghalaya Government on Wednesday decided to allow upper primary students from Classes VI to VIII to visit the schools and to consult with teachers.
While addressing reporters after the routine review meeting, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the same protocols would be applied as has been done with Classes IX to XII.
"We are going to follow the same process where students to meet the teachers for consultation. Students will be allowed to visit the schools only after getting the consent of the parents," Rymbui said.
He, however, made it clear that no classroom teaching will be allowed.
This decision comes into effect from October 15 till further orders.
Rymbui stated that since Meghalaya has over 15,000 schools, the government has decided to entrust the District School Education Officer (DSEO) to consult with different stakeholders on reopening schools for classroom teaching.
“We have seen some places which is a COVID hotspot, so it is difficult for the government to decide. We want the DSEO to meet (the) teachers, parents (and) to carry out consultation and submit the report by October 13,” Rymbui said.
The government will take a final call either on October 14 or 15 concerning the reopening of schools for classroom teaching after receiving the reports.
To question if the decision will apply only to schools affiliated with MBOSE, he said that the decision would apply to all schools in the state.