Education Department Drafts SOP for School Reopening in West Bengal

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Education Department Drafts SOP for School Reopening in West Bengal

Source: NDTV Education

The West Bengal government's school education department has drafted a tentative standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening schools for higher classes from November 16 after the festive season and sent it to state secretariat 'Nabanna' for approval, an official said on Thursday.


The draft SOP says offline classes are to be held in a staggered manner, according to the official. "For instance, the students of Classes 9 and 10 will not enter the school building at the same time and there will be a half-an-hour gap between their entries. Similar procedures will be followed for Classes 11 and 12," he said.


The draft suggests that total duration of tutorials for Classes 9 and 11 will be around 5 hours while that for Classes 10 and 12 will be about 6 hours with a 15-minute Tiffin break, he said. "We have sent the draft to Nabanna. These are recommendations only," the official said.


On Monday West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said schools will open on November 16, after a gap of around 20 months, and directed the chief secretary to facilitate the process. 


The school education department then said only classes from 9 to 12 will start from November 16 and a decision on other classes will be made later considering the emergent Covid-19 situation.


Also read: Schools, Colleges in West Bengal to Reopen from November 15

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