Meghalaya Schools Reopening News: As per the latest update, Schools across Meghalaya state are slated to reopen from 1st December 2020 onwards. The news about reopening of schools in the state has been confirmed by the State Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui. According to the details shared by the Education Minister, the state government has permitted schools to reopen in rural areas for students of Class 6 onwards. On the other hand, in urban areas, schools will resume regular classes for students of Class 9 to 12.
Decision after Consulting Stakeholders
While announcing the decision, Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui also said that the decision to reopen schools in the state was taken after holding extensive consultation with all the stakeholders. Before taking the final decision about reopening of schools, the state government had consulted management committees, parents and teachers.
Decision due to low Penetration of Online Students
Talking about the reason behind allowing schools to reopen in the state despite the rising number of COVID cases across the country, Education Minister said that "This decision was taken as penetration of online studies is only about 30 per cent." He also added that for the schools to reopen and resume classroom activities, parents have to give their consent and attendance is not mandatory. He also said the state government had extended the school's academic year till February next year and the academic calendar has also been updated.
School Reopening Across India
The decision to reopen schools in various states of the country has been met with a mixed response from students and parents. While the central government permitted state governments to allow reopening of schools under Unlock 5.0 Guidelines, several state government who have tried it decided to either postpone the decision or roll it back, in the light of the rising COVID cases in the state. Recently, Maharashtra State Government has permitted reopening of schools in the state; however that decision is subject to the permission granted by local authorities after reviewing the pandemic situation at the district level. Using this policy, several urban districts, including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nashik have decided not to reopen schools until the year end.