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Maharashtra education department releases SOPs for teachers

The education department of Maharashtra has released a set of standard operating procedures with regards to the reopening of schools.

Maharashtra education department releases SOPs for teachers
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The education department of Maharashtra has released a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) with regards to the reopening of schools.

The state government had earlier permitted 50 per cent attendance for teachers and non-teaching staff in schools across the state. According to the SOP, teachers can be called to the educational institutions for work related to online learning or other academic work. Moreover, teachers have been asked to follow social distancing protocols amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus along with the mandatory use of face masks and regular temperature checks. However, as per reports, physical classes are to not resume for students at least until October 31.

The Maharashtra Cabinet had earlier conducted a meeting to make a decision about the resumption of educational institutes after the festivities in November instead of October 15, as directed by the Centre. The decision was taken in wake of the current situation of the pandemic in the state. Schools and colleges have been closed since March as a result of the outbreak. The decision was taken by the Board of Education for the safety of the students. However, the central government has permitted all schools to operate from October 15.

On the other hand, even with the permission of the Center, all the ministers were of the view that schools should not be rushed in Maharashtra. Some ministers pointed out that students became infected with the coronavirus when schools and colleges were resumed in some countries.

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