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The schools in Meghalaya which remained closed since March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will partially reopen from September 21, state education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said on Friday.

The schools will be open for students of class 9 to 12 to meet teachers to clear their doubts but there will be no regular classes and no classroom session, minister Rymbui said.

“Schools will be partially opened up from September 21 for students to come and meet their teachers and clarify doubts on subjects they find it difficult. There will be no regular classes and no classroom sessions,” Rymbui told a news agency.

He said that the guidelines for reopening of schools have been issued on Thursday.

The education minister said the state government has rationalised the school curriculum for this academic year and the adjusted academic calendar for all levels in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the guidelines issued by the education department, “regular” classroom activities in schools, colleges and other educational institutions would remain closed till September 30 across the state.

The direction from the Ministry of Home Affairs which emphasised on easing restrictions in areas outside containment areas across the country has also been taken into consideration.

“Regular class activities for schools, colleges, and educational institutions will continue to remain closed up to September, 30,” Wahlang said in the order.

Students who intend to attend the teacher-student counselling would have to get the written consent of their parents or guardians to visit the schools and educational institutions.

Schools have been asked to develop individual micro-planning relating to flexibility in school timings, the scheduling of students visit and uniform code, he said.

The notification said that all schools should prepare a Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) to ensure all students are learning, continue online or distance learning modes and develop a 50 per cent attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff.

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