Lalchhandama Ralte
Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte. Image credit - Northeast Now

The Mizoram government on Wednesday decided to open schools for the new academic session 2020-21 on July 15, an official said.

The meeting of school education department, Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE), State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Independent School Owner Association, Central Young Mizo Association, student bodies and other stakeholders held under the leadership of education minister Lalchhandama Ralte on Wednesday unanimously agreed to open educational institutions under MBSE on July 15 and also open admission for class-XI students on June 22, the official said.

The meeting agreed that a new school calendar be prepared for the 2020-21 academic session to be effective from April, 2020 to March, 2021, he said.

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It was pointed out in the meeting that it is expected to complete the syllabus without omitting any lesson or chapter during the school calendar.

However, the allotted time for a lesson might be reduced and exercise should be minimized.

As for higher secondary students, lesson plan would be chalked out separately in accordance with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) calendar because the students are yet to write NEET or JEE examinations, the official said.

According to the official, Ralte informed the meeting that all school buildings used for quarantine facilities are expected to be vacated and sanitized by July 15 to facilitate students go to their respective schools.

The minister also told the meeting that his letters to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister and  Chief Executive and Secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have bore fruits and as a result of which the HRD ministry issued an order allowing class-10 and 12 students their board exams under CBSE, the official said.

“The CISCE will also set up exam centre at Government Mizo High School in Aizawl,” Ralte was quoted as saying by the official.

According to Ralte, more than 100 students in Mizoram, who have returned from different parts of the state due to the nationwide lockdown, are yet to complete writing exams for pending subjects under CBSE and CISCE.

He said that class-12 board exams under MBSE would be resumed from June 16 to 18 for pending subjects and that of compartmental exams for class-10 would be held on June 16.

He also said that results of class-12 and class-10 compartment exams are required to be declared before July 15.

Among others, the meeting was attended by HRD board vice chairman Lalthangmawia and state education commissioner and secretary Esther Lalruatkimi.

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