Central Government has released the guidelines for unlock 5.0. Under this, the Center has left the decision over the states to open schools, coaching institutes. The state will be able to decide on its own whether to open schools and coaching institutes after October 15. However, this would require the approval of the parents of the children.
Unlock 5.0 Guidelines for School-Colleges
schools to reopen from 15th oct?
The State and Union Territories will prepare their SOP regarding health and safety precautions to reopen schools and institutions based on the SOP issued by the Department of School Education and Literacy of the Union Ministry of Education. Schools that are allowed to open must compulsorily follow the SOPs issued by the education departments of states and union territories.
The Ministry said that the Department of Higher Education, under the Ministry of Education, can take a decision in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the basis of assessment of the situation at the time of opening of colleges and higher education institutions.
However, higher education institutes will be allowed to open from October 15 for PhD and postgraduate students in science and technology subjects. Science and technology require laboratory and experimental work.
The ministry said that the lockdown will be strictly enforced till 31 October in the Containment Zone. The Home Ministry reiterated that the states would not impose any local lockdown outside the content zones without consulting the central government.