In a bid to conduct ‘informal classes,’ the state government has framed a set of new guidelines for reopening schools and is awaiting stakeholders’ views on the same. In Assam, schools and colleges are shut since March with the initial onset of pandemic. The government is planning to resume education in both private and government educational institutions from September 1, weighing the feasibility of its available options.
Joint Secretary of Assam, N Laskar has issued the guidelines on Tuesday and published the same on the Sarba Siksha Abhiyan website for public opinions.
A part of the guidelines states that classes will not be mandatory for students, and only interested students can attend them by informing their concerned institutions beforehand. Students and staff will be required to wear masks and maintain a safe physical distance of 8 feet inside the school premises. Teachers, staff and resource persons will need to compulsorily undergo COVID-19 tests between August 23 to 30 to enter school campuses.
“These resource persons/teachers shall teach in the style which was earlier used in ‘gurukul’ (style of imparting knowledge by teachers in informal setup like underneath large trees). They will use improved techniques like storytelling, project preparation, assignments, tests etc.,” read the guidelines.
Irrespective of school reopening, online classes will continue without any disruption. Class durations are schedules according to grades.
Students of classes I to IV are barred from attending schools and their parents are at liberty to collect hard copies of their assignments along with rations for midday meals.
“As a parent, I want schools to reopen as studies have been impacted by COVID. But it won’t be wise to conduct classes in open fields like ‘gurukul’ due to the weather conditions at present. Instead, classes should be held in classrooms after sanitizing them properly,” commented a mother of the class VIII student.