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Union Health Ministry provides Guidelines For Teaching Activities In Classrooms From Sept 21

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has announced that they have given guidelines for teaching activities in the classrooms. Ashwini Kr. Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare shared a picture of the guidelines on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

By Mridulata Sen

Union Health Ministry provides Guidelines For Teaching Activities In Classrooms From Sept 21

As per the given guidelines, the seating arrangement in the classrom should be done maintaining a distance of six feet between chairs and desks.

The health ministry issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Skill training institutes, Higher Education Institutes conducting courses in technical programs requiring lab work. All of this will be permitted from September 21 onwards.

As every one of us is trying to adjust with the New Normal, the same is being applied to schools but under strict health guidelines.
The guidelines mentions- "The staggering of classroom activities, with separate time slots, to allow adequate physical distancing and disinfection of classroom premises. Academic scheduling to have intermix of regular classroom teaching and online assessment. Teaching faculty to ensure that they and students ear masks throughout teaching activities. Sharing of items like laptops, notebook, stationery amongst students to not to be allowed".

The Health Ministry on September 8 issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a partial reopening of schools as of now for students of classes 9 to 12. So that they can take guidance from their teachers on a voluntary basis.

The SOP follows Unlock 4 guidelines of Home Ministry which came into effect from September 1.

 The Home Ministry had said that states and Union Territories may grant up to 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counseling. So that gathering can be avoided to the extend.

The guidelines said that “cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1 percent sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, chairs, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) will be made mandatory in all classrooms, laboratories, lockers, parking areas, other common areas before the beginning of classes and at the end of the day”.

 That’s not where it ends, they also said that the students of classes 9 to 12 can visit their schools but only in areas outside the containment zones, and for taking guidance from their teachers. But all of this will only be applicable to the written consent of their parents or guardians.

These all guidelines by the health ministry is to ensure that safety is the utmost priority that to also when it comes to kids. School is a place of gathering and activities, so precautions need to be taken anyway. These guidelines will help the students and their guardians to be safe !

 However, these guideless will be very challenging for the students as well as for the parents as well!

 Both parents and kids have to cope up with the new guidelines and start to normalize the 2020 Pandemic new amendments for school. Going further it would also be interesting to see how parents react to these amendments and feel safe to send their child to school.

 Let’s see now how the Health Ministry works to amend the new guidelines and how safe it becomes to start schools like this.

 So, Folks do let us know your views on the same and what do you think about this decision of the Health Ministry?


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