Schools and colleges in Bihar will reopen from July 7 in a phased manner. Attending physical classes, however, will not be compulsory and students will be asked to attend the offline classes on a voluntary basis. The detailed guidelines are being prepared by the state department of education and will be rolled out officially on July 6.
The reopening of the physical classes will be a step-by-step process, starting with higher educational institutes followed by the schools. Institutes are expected to reopen with 50 per cent of students attending classes on alternate days. Written consent from the parents allowing the kids to attend offline classrooms in schools and colleges is expected to be made mandatory.
COVID appropriate behaviour including maintaining physical distance between students in classrooms and use of face masks, sanitizers, frequent hand-washing, etc will be made mandatory.
As per sources in the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Bihar government is considering online classes to be continued along with offline classes. “Classes in both online and offline mode will run simultaneously and parents will be given choice to choose from either of the models," said a senior officer in the Bihar education department.
All educational institutes in the state have remained closed since March 2020. Opening up of educational institutions will be one of the major indicators of normalcy returning back.
The Bihar government is also contemplating the idea of introducing crash courses for students to compensate for the loss they suffered due to closure of schools.