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Defying govt diktat, private schools in Dimapur open classes for lower section

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MARCH 1: Despite explicit instructions from the Nagaland government, a few private schools in Dimapur are reportedly allowing students of lower section (below Class 6 as per the government’s standing order) to attend classes physically.
On February 1, the State government issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for reopening of schools from February 8.

However, the authorities had made it clear that the resumption of regular classes would be limited only to students of classes 6 and above.
And on February 8, the School Education department had made it clear that the “present arrangement” would continue for about a month; and only if no COVID-19 case is detected in schools and if the department is confident of the schools ensuring all SOPs, it would take a call on resumption of offline classes for the lower section.
However, reliable sources told Nagaland Page that at least two private schools in Dimapur are allowing students below Class 5 to attend classes physically.
Reportedly, the students have been asked to come to their schools because of the low number of children in a particular class.
When contacted, Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C said that the department wasn’t aware of it but would take up the matter. He requested the schools to stop the classes and comply with the government directives.
“At the end of the day, it is about the safety of the kids,” the official reminded.
The Principal Director also informed that the Home department is working on an SOP for hostels, which would be issued once the preparation is complete.
(Page News Service)