Reopening schools and colleges in India: NCERT and UGC drafting guidelines

The NCERT and UGC have been assigned to chalk out a fail-proof plan for reopening schools in India in July.
The NCERT and UGC are currently drafting guidelines for reopening of schools and colleges

The HRD Ministry has casually discussed about some key points that would form the basis of the strategy being planned by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and University Grants Commission (UGC), to reopen schools and colleges in India, that have been shut since the month of March, 2020. These and many more may become the new way of education in the country for a long time.

Key points in the guidelines for reopening schools in India

The centre has casually informed people through social media about the key points that will be priortised in the guidelines to reopen schools and colleges in India. The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal recently hinted at opening schools during a live discussion with teachers on Twitter, where he shed light on the ministry’s plans to reopening schools with new guidelines.

Guidelines to reopening schools in India:

  • Schools to reopen zone-wise (Green Zones and Orange Zones)
  • Primary students (Class 1 to Class 7) won’t have to attend school
  • All schools to reopen with 30% of the student/class capacities
  • Teachers will be required to wear masks and gloves at all times
  • Schools will need to install thermal scanners at the entrances
  • Students should be made to sit at appropriate distance
  • CCTV monitoring at schools to monitor social distancing norms
  • Guidelines to be displayed at visible locations in all schools

Apart from the above mentioned points, there are others that are being worked out for the CBSE and ICSE boards, especially concerning the board exams.

Also read: Will it be safe to open schools in India amid growing Coronavirus cases?

Guidelines for conducting CBSE and ICSE/ISC exams

  • CBSE syllabus will be trimmed to make up for lost time
  • CBSE exams would be held between 1st July and 15th July
  • ICSE/ISC exams to be held between 1st July and 12th July
  • CBSE exam centres to be increased to maintain social distancing
  • No CBSE exam centres in red zones or containment zones
  • CBSE exams to be held at students’ own schools

The points mentioned above will form the basis of the new guidelines to reopen schools and colleges in India.

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