Unlock 4: Educational institutions to remain closed till September 30

NEW DELHI: Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till September 30, 2020, according to the Unlock 4 guidelines issued by ministry of home affairs on Saturday. However, in areas outside the containment zones, students of Classes IX to XII will be allowed to visit schools on voluntary basis, the new directive said.

As per the phased re-opening under the guidelines, while educational institutions will remain closed for the month of September as well, online/ distance learning will continue to be permitted.

States/ UTs are allowed to call 50% of the teachers and non-teaching staff to schools at a time for online teaching and tele-counselling from September 21, 2020 in areas outside of the containment zones, the MHA order says, adding that the ministry of health and family welfare will issue standard operating procedures for the same.

Secondary and senior secondary students are being allowed to visit schools from September 21, 2020 for taking guidance from their teachers. However this has to be outside of containment zone and on voluntary basis and subject to written consent of parents/guardians.

Skill or entrepreneurship institutions including the ITIs, NIESBUD, IIE and short term training centres registered with NSDC or state skill development missions or other ministries under various governments are also permitted to resume activities from September 21, 2020.

Department of higher education in consultation with the MHA and based on the assessment of situation and incidences of Covid-19 in the states/UTs will permit operations in higher education institutions only for research scholars (PhD) and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory and experimental works.




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