Maharashtra Government Approves SOPs for Online Learning, Reopening Schools
The Maharashtra government approved a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reopen schools and regulate online learning which the education department had submitted on 12 June. The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray approved the SOPs in a meeting with Varsha Gaikwad, the state Education Minister.
According to the SOPs, the new academic year for students across the state would begin from 15 June and schools would begin giving lessons online for the first few months. The number of hours set for online lessons will differ for each class. For students up to class 2, lessons can be given via radio or television, but not online. Schools will also have to ensure that students are given sufficient breaks between classes.
The Education Department is also planning to begin reopening schools in a phased manner in areas which have seen zero coronavirus cases for at least one month from July. Schools can first start classes 9, 10 and 12 in July, followed by 6 to 8 in August and 1 to 5 in September.
The final decision to start schools in such areas will be in the hands of the local administration. Until schools reopen, classes must only be given online.