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Schools, educational institutes to reopen in phased manner starting September 1: Report

The central government has decided to come up with a plan for reopening schools between September 1 and September 1. This would take place in a phase wise manner for which the rules will come by the end of the month along with final unlock guidelines.

The Economic Times has reported that according to the guidelines,  for the initial 15 days, students of class 10 to 12 can attend school. For instance, if Class 10 has got four different sections, half the students of sections A and C would be needed to come on specific days, and the others on the rest of the days.

The report stated that the for the students attending the classes, the number of school hours, would be restricted to 5-6 hours, out of which only  2-3 hours would require physical attendance. With break for one hour for sanitization, all schools are likely to run in shifts, from 8 to 11 am and 12 to 3 pm. There would only  33 percent teaching staff and students who would run the school.

Sources told the newspaper that the decision on reopening will be left to states as the guidelines for this will be released on August 31 with other unlock guidelines.

A senior official reported the reporters that “In different states, where caseloads have been low, have expressed their keenness to start the studies of senior classes”.

In July, as per a survey conducted by the department of school education it can be observed that parents are not very much interested in sending their children back to schools The  state governments has also put forward that due to the shutdown the students of the economically weaker section are suffering.

As of now the government has not taken any steps in calling the students of  pre-primary and primary school.

The official stated that “We have carefully studied the entire way in which countries like Switzerland have brought back children to school safely. Same model would be employed in India.”

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