Lucknow: As the state sees a downtrend in active Covid-19 cases, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday directed the concerned departments to reopen schools in state for classes 11, 12 from August 16 with 50 per cent student capacity in a phased manner.
Keeping in view the controlled situation of corona infection, Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that preparations should be made to start a new session in all educational institutions. The results of high school and intermediate of all the boards have been declared. In such a situation, the process of admission at the graduation level should be started from August 5, it mentioned.
“In a meeting held with Team-9 on Monday, the CM was apprised about the current Covid situation in the state and he felt that educational institutes, shut since March 2020, can finally be reopened.
As per the direction, the UP government asked the concerned departments to prepare a plan under which admissions for undergraduate courses should start by August 5, followed by reopening of schools for secondary education classes from August 16 at 50% capacity and higher education classes from September 1.
All concerned departments are now preparing protocols for calling children back to school. A decision for basic education classes has not been taken yet,” said a government spokesperson.
An official said that classes for students of secondary education will begin from August 16 though on Independence Day a day earlier, they will be required to participate in ‘Swatantrata ke Amrit Mahotsav’ programmes.
The government will also organise special vaccination camps for students above the age of 18 years. The educational institutions need to make proper arrangements following Covid-19 protocols- sanitisers, masks, social distancing should be followed.
Meanwhile, before reopening, schools will have to arrange for sanitiser, infrared thermometers, masks etc. It will be compulsory to maintain social distancing and all other Covid protocols specified by the government. Schools have also been directed to start a sanitation and sanitation drive and ensure toilets etc are cleaned before students are called back.