KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 2: With barely 3 months left for the current academic session to end, Nagaland School Education Department is willing to open educational institutions for Classes 9 and 10 to facilitate offline teaching and learning but is waiting for the Government’s decision.
Nagaland’s educational institutions have been shut since April end while physical classes for higher secondary and colleges resumed from July 26 with conditions of school faculty being vaccinated or taking COVID test every 15 days.
The Education Department is of the view that Classes 9 and 10 can be made functional but the decision to open the schools has to be taken by the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 Nagaland, said Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C.
He said this while interacting with Reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of the 3rd batch of the 9-month Diploma in School Counseling for in-service Government teachers here today.
“We are also tracking the situation in other States where schools have been opened and also the functioning of Classes 11 and 12 in Nagaland”, he said.
“We can gradually open the schools starting with Classes 9 and 10”, he said, adding that if the HPC seeks the Department’s opinion, it would suggest phase-wise opening.
Reiterating that the final decision rests with the HPC, Sahanavas expressed hope on gradual re-opening of educational institutions as currently the State is having low daily positivity rate.
Today is the last day of Unlock Phase-5 in the State however the HPC on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is yet to have a sitting for further decisions.
Asked if there would be a decrease in the syllabus for the current academic session, the Principal Director agreed that due to the pandemic situation schools have not been able to complete the course.
Even last year also the syllabus was minimized while the Nagaland Board of School Education, which decides on the syllabus for schools in the State, would soon take a decision.
(Page News Service)