AIZAWL: Over 300 schools in the COVID-19 free zones in Mizoram have been given permission to reopen for the new academic session 2021-2022, an official of the School Education Department said.
The new COVID-19 guidelines, issued by the state government on August 8, had allowed reopening of schools in areas outside the jurisdiction of Aizawl Municipal Corporation, where no coronavirus case, the official said on Sunday. No, the official said on Sunday.
The School Education Department had on August 9 issued an order allowing reopening of schools from primary to higher secondary level in COVID-19 free towns and villages, subject to prior consultation with the Deputy Commissioners.
The order said that a standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the department would be strictly followed.
At least 376 schools in seven districts, including Aizawl district, have been given permission to reopen for the new academic session 2021-2022, director of school education department James Lalrinchana told PTI.
He said that most of the permitted schools have started regular classes, while 27 more schools in Khwajawal district will be reopened from Monday.
He said the School Education Department is currently identifying schools in COVID-19 free zones and more schools will be reopened in the next few days.
He said that till now at least 49 schools in Aizawl district, 151 in Champhai, 74 in Serchhip, 47 in Lavangaltai, 11 in Siyaha, 20 in Saitual and 27 in Khwajawal district have been allowed to reopen.
According to Lalrinchana, out of the 11 districts, four districts – Lunglei, Kolasib, Mamit and Hanathiyal are yet to submit the list of COVID-19 free villages where schools can be allowed to reopen.
He said the schools that have been allowed to reopen are mostly located in remote rural villages where internet connectivity is very poor.
He said that the reopening of schools in such villages has helped the students who were not getting good internet facility.
He said that online classes are still going on in schools in the COVID-19 areas.
He said that so far in villages where schools have been reopened, no student has been infected with COVID-19.
Unlike previous years, the new academic session (for 2021-2022) was delayed by a month due to COVID-19 and the academic calendar began from May.
Schools and other educational institutions have been closed for about 15 months starting March last year due to the spread of COVID-19.
After a decline in COVID-19 cases since around November last year, schools were reopened for some classes on January 22 this year, but closed again from April with the onset of the second wave of COVID-19 went.