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‘Reopening of schools for Class 9-12 find no takers’

Kohima, September 20: Even as Nagaland Government in consonance with Union Ministry order has permitted partial reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 as part of the Unlock-4 process from today, the higher and technical educational institutes will take more time to reopen.
Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy on September 18 had issued an order allowing the partial reopening of Class 9 to 12 on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order had also permitted reopening of the skill or entrepreneurship training institutions or centres and the preventive measures required to be taken for containing spread of COVID-19 in these institutions/centres.
Sources said though partial reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 started today, many schools remain shut while those open also didn’t have students as parents were also unwilling to send pupils due to COVID scare.
Meanwhile, interacting with media-persons here today, Minister for Higher & Technical Education, Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along said that reopening of colleges and technical institutes at the present moment would be difficult.
Still four colleges in interior districts are being used as quarantine and COVID care centres, therefore immediate reopening of colleges would be difficult, he said.
Maintaining that management of classrooms would be difficult in colleges as students would be coming from different places, he said “we do not want community transmission to happen from colleges”.
However, he asserted that the Government would be working out strategies to reopen the colleges.
On other hand, Along said that reopening of technical institutions can be considered keeping in mind that the trainees stay in hostels. They can be called back and after taking all precautionary measures and strict adherence of SOPs, the candidates can be kept in hostels to reopen the institutes.
All educational institutes in the State had been closed since March 25 as precautionary measures in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. (Page News Service)