Education Minister previews preparation through videoconferencing for restarting schools and colleges in Gujarat from November 23, 2020

Attendance will be optional, looking to the health of the students;

Online teaching to continue as of now;

Task Force constituted at District, Town, Taluka level to implement SOP;

SOP could be changed, if necessary, as per local needs, facilities;

Control Rooms to work in co-ordination with District Collectors;

No school or college should open in containment zones;

State Government will be updated about parents’ consent and how many students’ attend classes 3-4 times daily;

This is to send message that remedial education system can function by taking preventive steps despite novel coronavirus

New Delhi

Gujarat’s Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma today held a high-level meeting to take stock of preparations to restart teaching in schools and colleges in the state from November 23, 2020.

He talked with all District Education Officers (DEO), Vice-Chancellors of State and Private Universities, School Managements, senior officers of the Education Department through videoconferencing from the Command Control Centre here.

The decision to restart teaching was taken at the State Cabinet meeting on November 11 last, only after an affirmative nod from all stakeholders, including parents/guardians, state-run, grant-in-aid, self-financed schools and colleges, through discussion with them a month before. And they have made arrangements to restart teaching in classrooms.

Minister said that attendance will be optional, looking to the health of the students. The State Government will have to be updated about the parents’ consent for students to attend classes, and how many students do attend classes 3-4 times daily. However, he said that the online teaching and learning will continue.

He said that Task Force will be set up at district, city and taluka levels for implementation of SOP. However, local authorities can change SOP, looking to the local needs and facilities available, in consultation with DEO or Vice-Chancellor concerned. Control Rooms have been set up at district level in co-ordination with Collectors.

However, no school or college should open in containment zones. All educational institutions will have to arrange fro thermal guns, sanitisers and medical shops or health centres nearby. This campaign is to send the message that remedial education system can function by taking preventive steps despite novel coronavirus, maintaining health and hygiene, cleanliness. The Education Minister thanked the entire educational administration, including DEOs, for making prior arrangement to restart classroom teaching.