Schools in Madhya Pradesh will reopen from July 1, due to a fall in the number of cases in Madhya Pradesh. Admissions in schools will also begin on the same day. Faculty and staff members of all schools have been asked to vaccinate themselves before the schools reopen.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday had said that schools could open in the first or second week of July if people keep vaccinating themselves at the present pace.
The MP government had earlier sought suggestions on the re-opening of schools from the public, educationists, pediatricians, NGOs, and all stakeholders. The administration is consulting officers concerned at the district, block, and village levels for possible measures before the schools are re-opened. As per sources, different plans are being discussed over for different classes. Students of classes 9 to 12 could be asked to attend schools on alternate days.
A senior officer of the School Education Dept said that regular schools are crucial for the mental and physical growth of the kids so schools can’t be kept shut for long but safety measures are also required.
The Minister for Higher Education Mohan Yadav, speaking to News18 in Ujjain, on Sunday, also hinted that colleges could open by August if things remain normal as they are right now. No student will be enrolled in the college unless he/she furnishes a certificate of vaccination. Initially, the colleges will reopen with 50 per cent of staff, he said. The students and staffers will have to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines, said the minister.
The minister said that he thinks when everything is being opened after prohibitions are lifted, colleges should also be opened. However, a final decision will be taken in the cabinet meeting.
Not just Madhya Prades, several states are considering reopening schools. The Telangana government too decided to reopen schools from July 1. However, detailed guidelines are yet to be released by the state government. The state had lifted the lockdown from June 20. A Cabinet meeting was held chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, wherein the decision to reopen schools was taken.
Schools in UP are also speculated to resume from July 1 onwards. However, students have not been asked to attend schools. Only teachers and administrative staff are allowed to visit the schools. The institutions are also allowed to carry out the admission process, distribution of free books, and maintenance.