At a time when several states in the country are scared of ordering reopening of educational institutions due to prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation, the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government has decided to go ahead with reopening of schools and colleges, albeit with certain restrictions.
According to the schedule announced by chief secretary Neelam Sawhney on Thursday, all the schools, colleges and other such institutions will start functioning normally from November 2, under strict implementation of Covid-19 guidelines.
The reopening of educational institutions would be done in three phases. Only high schools will run for Class 9 and 10. The Class 11 and 12 (Intermediate first year and second year) would also be opened simultaneously.
However, the institutions would run the classes on alternate days; and that, too, only for half a day. The upper primary sections of the schools for classes 6, 7 and 8 will start from November 23. They, too, will follow half-day schedule and run on alternate day classes.
The same principle will be applied to other higher educational institutions like degree and post-graduation colleges, which will also start from November 2. Their classes, too, would follow half-a-day and alternate-day model.
Similarly, primary schools for classes 1,2,3,4 and 5 will commence on December 14. They, too, will adopt alternate day, half-a-day teaching module.
The same guidelines will be applicable to all the government and private educational institutions, the order said.