Reopening of Schools Upto Class 8th Only After Fresh Assessment: Govt

Examinations to begin from first week of Nov with 30% reduction in syllabus, says Director School Education


Srinagar: J&K administration has not taken any decision for reopening of schools upto class 8th, Director School Education Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir said, adding there will be 30 percent reduction in syllabus for students and examinations will begin from first week of November.


“There will be a 30 percent reduction in the syllabus and students will have a choice and they can leave any 30 percent of the portion in the paper. No decision has been taken for mass promotion. The examinations will begin from the first week of November,” Mir was quoted as saying.


He said authorities have not taken any decision about opening of schools upto class 8th. “We have opened schools for class 10th and 12th. We will wait and see if there is further improvement in the situation then may take a call about opening of schools upto class 8th,” he said.


The Director School Education said they have taken several measures to compensate the losses to the students.


“Teachers are giving online classes to students and besides there are community classes. We have also started radio and tele-classes for students to ensure there is no loss to the students,” he said while appreciating the role of teachers they played during the Covid period.


The administration recently allowed re-opening of higher educational institutions and schools in J&K for students of classes 10 and 12 with certain conditions.


The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A.K. Mehta.


In an order issued after a review of the COVID-19 situation, Mehta, who is also the chairperson of the State Executive Committee (SEC), said classes for students of 12th standard would be permitted with in-person attendance not exceeding 50 per cent of capacity on a given day.


“Consent shall be obtained from the parents of all students who are willing to attend school. The school premises should be thoroughly sanitised, proper screening regarding vaccination should be done on the school gate.


“If any student or teacher or other school staff shows symptoms of cough, cold, or fever, they will not be allowed to enter the school. The head of the school must ensure that the guidelines related to social distancing and Covid protocols are strictly followed,” the order said.


The Deputy Commissioners can allow in-person classes for students of 10th standard following all protocols.


“The schools, except for relaxations as provided for students of 12th and 10th classes, shall continue to remain closed for on-site/in-person teaching,” the order said.


It said the coaching centres for civil services or engineering or NEET examinations would be permitted with limited in-person teaching for fully vaccinated staff and students.


It said the higher educational institutions would be permitted to commence limited in-person teaching subject to 100 per cent vaccination of staff and students and specific permission of the Deputy Commissioners. (KINS)