Gujarat Decides Against Unlock-4 Guidelines to Reopen Schools From September 21

Meghdeepa Mondal Meghdeepa Mondal
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The Gujarat Government has decided not to open schools from September 21 due to the increasing case of Covid-19 in the states. 

The education minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said "The state government took the decision "in the interest of students" in a cabinet meeting directed by the Chief Minister in Gandhinagar".

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The education minister responded that it is not mandatory for state governments to implement SOPs from September 21. Students are advised not to visit schools in the present situation as the risk of coronavirus transmission. 

Earlier, the Union Ministry of Health and family welfare has recently issued detailed SOPs for a partial reopening of schools. Students of classes 9-12 after receiving voluntary guidance from teachers can attend classes. 

The officials prepared these SOPs in tune with MHA Unlock 4.0 guidelines that are in effect from September 1, 2020

Although, if required, Students can visit the schools to take guidance from their respective teachers from September 21st with their parents' approval according to the Center's SOPs guidelines.

The State government decided it's best not to open schools. The Centre Government stated that the final decision for reopening schools from September for classes IX to XII will be taken by individual states. Meanwhile, students will continue to take their online education. 

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Government and Private Schools in Gujrat to continue Online education

The Secretary education Vinod Rao stated that the mass promotion will apply throughout all boards for classes IX and XI. For classes, I to VIII the schools will strictly follow instructions from their respective boards.

Hoping that the situation will be normal soon, the education department started giving lessons for school students via private regional television channels. The State Government decided to continue the online education system for schools to prevent the gathering of students in one place. 

“The question of identity and credibility of online examinations is always questionable. The problem of internet connectivity is another issue,” said the principal secretary education.

Responding to the issue, M N Patel stated that during the time of online education, there is various software to conduct online examinations too. To make sure there is no connectivity issue, they're trying to figure out a solution in coordination with their technical department. 

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Although nearly all public and private schools in Gujarat state are already conducting online teachings and assignments, and soon they will consider taking examinations via online means depending on the situation. The COVID-19 guidelines are mandatory to be followed by the state government and private schools of Gujrat. 

Union Government Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools

The government decided not to reopen schools due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in Gujrat. 

It is important to take guidelines and precautions inside and outside the school to prevent the Spread of COVID-19. The Guidelines are issued by UNICEF and WHO as well as the health authorities of India. 

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Guidelines to be followed by students and teachers in School:

  • A distance of 1 meter should be in between everyone present at.
  • Mask Wearing is compulsory inside and outside of the school grounds.
  • Students are advised to carry hand sanitizers with them.
  • Daily cleaning and Disinfecting of surfaces and objects in school such as computer keyboards, desks, hands-on learning items are important.
  • The mixing of classes and after school activities should be limited.
  • Allow fewer Students per classroom by increasing the number of Teachers in School (if possible).
  • Students are not allowed to be gathered and socialize in groups upon leaving school grounds.

Actions to take if any-one of the students appears to be sick:

  • Identify Coronavirus Symptoms.
  • Designate a specific area in the school such as a waiting room where the student can wait.
  • Provide the students with a medical mask and hand sanitizers.
  • Consider screening of body temperature. 
  • Referred Directly to a health facility or sent home depending on the situation.
  • Share procedures with parents and students ahead of time.

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