Manipur government seeks advice on reopening of schools

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Imphal, June 15: Manipur education department has sought advice from public and concerned stakeholders and NGOs to help the state government to take an appropriate and strategic decision for reopening of schools so that the school academic process can begin at the earliest convenient time while ensuring safety and well-beings of the students.

An official notification issued by the education (s) department on Monday, said in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, educational Institutions within the state of Manipur have been dosed down since March 12, as children are considered to be a vulnerable group. This has substantially affected education of children in many ways. Not only have the children missed classroom lectures, but their learning levels have also allegedly been dropped despite online and other learning options made available to them. Closure of schools for such a long time has also impacted the physical, health and mental well being of the children as well their parents and guardians, it added.

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The state government is seriously considering restoring of academic activities in the best manner possible in the interest of all students, it said.

In this connection, the state government considers that it would be appropriate and beneficial to obtain written advice, feedbacks, inputs, suggestions and opinions from the public and concerned stakeholders including principals or heads of institutions of both government and private schools, renown academicians, parents, students’ organisations, NGOs and any person working in the field of education or any person who has considerable knowledge of working in schools, before taking an appropriate and consensus decision for re-opening of educational Institutions and functioning of these institutions in post COVID-19 period, it added.

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The department highlighted indicative areas of focus for suggestions, feedbacks, inputs and ideas as–precautionary measures that may be taken before and after opening of educational institutions, preferable timeline for opening of schools, contents of revised academic calendar and other additional issues or matter related to opening of schools and related issues.

It said all the suggestions can be mailed at manipur.education.s@gmail.com latest by June, 19 positively.

The submitted suggestions will definitely help the state government to take an appropriate and strategic decision for reopening of schools so that the school academic process can begin at the earliest convenient time while ensuring safety and well-beings of the students, it added.

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