Source: NDTV Education
More than 300 schools in Covid-19 free areas in Mizoram have been allowed to reopen for the new academic session 2021-2022, an official of the School Education department said. The new Covid-19 guidelines issued by the state government on August 8 had allowed the re-opening of schools in areas outside the Aizawl Municipal Corporation's jurisdiction where there is no coronavirus case, the official said on Sunday.
The school education department had on August 9 issued an order allowing re-opening of schools for primary to higher secondary level in Covid-19 free towns and villages subject to prior consultation with deputy commissioners.
A standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the department shall be strictly followed, the order had said. School Education department director James Lalrinchhana told PTI that at least 376 schools in seven districts, including Aizawl district, have been allowed to re-open for the new academic session 2021-2022.
Majority of the permitted schools have already started regular classes, while 27 more schools in Khawzawl district will be re-opened from Monday, he said.
He said that the School Education department is currently undertaking identification of schools in Covid-19 free areas and in the next few days more schools will be re-opened.
He said the schools, which have been permitted to re-open, are mostly located in remote rural villages where internet connectivity is very poor.
The re-opening of school in such villages has immensely helped students, who could not get good internet access, he said. Online classes are still going on for schools in Covid-19 areas, he said.