As the new cases of COVID-19 infection reduces, the Manipur government has decided to reopen schools and colleges from November 10.
Higher and technical education department on November 9 said that considering the COVID-19 positive cases are considerably low for the past few months in the state and there have been conditional relaxation of public activities granted in the state, the Manipur government has decided to allow re-opening of schools, colleges and other educational institutes.
All schools from Class 9 onwards, under-graduate, post-graduate will be opened for physical classes. “The re-opening of schools, colleges and other educational institutes shall be subject to observance of such SOP/guidelines issued by health department in this regard,” the order said.
“Attendance of students must not be enforced and shall be purely based on parental consent,” it added. Teaching hours will be limited to three to four hours for both online and physical classes and no cultural or sports events will be permitted.
However, school/college/institute specific arrangement with regard to the compliance of SOP has to be settled at the level of the head of the school/college/institute.
Wearing of face masks by the students, teachers, staff and all stakeholders will be mandatory along with regular hand washing with soap and alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and following the COVID safety guidelines issued by the health department.
Vaccination of staff and students was encouraged. All the non-vaccinated teaching and non-teaching staff including those who got only first dose of vaccination shall be RT-PCR tested every 20 days and submit the report to the head of the institutions.
Deputy commissioners of all districts shall constitute a district level task force committee with the concerned deputy commissioner as chairman to monitor the resumption and safe operations of all educational institutions in the district. The zonal education officer in the district, principals of colleges, head of institutes as member secretary along with district chief medical officer and community leaders will be members of the committee.
The district level task force committee shall be responsible for assessment of COVID- 19 situation, ensuring enforcement of the SOP and feasibility of school/college/institute reopening.