Source: NDTV Education
On Wednesday the Gujarat Government announced that schools for Classes 6 to 8 will reopen from September 2 with 50 percent capacity. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on resuming physical lectures for Classes 6 to 8 in schools in a cabinet meeting during the day, state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told reporters in Gandhinagar.
Though schools in the state have been permitted to resume classes from their premises, the ongoing system of online lessons for these classes will also continue, the minister said. Around 32 lakh students are currently studying in Classes 6 to 8 in the state, he said.
Following a huge dip in fresh Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, the state government last month allowed the physical reopening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 11 with 50 percent seating capacity.
"All the SOPs announced in July for Classes 9 to 11 will also apply for Classes 6 to 8. All students, teachers, and staff need to wear masks and maintain social distancing. School managements need to keep sanitizers and hand wash in their premises," Mr. Chudasama said.
At the beginning of July, the state government had allowed the reopening of schools for Class 12, colleges, and technical institutions in the wake of a significant drop in new coronavirus cases.