Updated on 16 Jan 2021, 10:40 am
Manipur Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen (PHOTO: Facebook)
As Manipur continued to witness a downtrend in daily COVID-19 spike in the new year, the state government on Friday announced the reopening of all colleges and schools for classes 9-12 from January 27 by observing SOP.
Manipur Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen on Friday told the Imphal Free Press that normal classes for standard nine to 12 will resume from January 27.
The government’s decision on reopening of normal classes was taken at the state cabinet meeting held in Imphal on Friday.
The decision comes four days after an SOP was prepared by the state in line with the guidelines of Union Ministry of Education. The SOP is divided into health, hygiene, safety and learning with physical and social distancing.
On January 11, chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Manipur (COHSEM) declared that COHSEM is prepared to conduct the council examination with 30 per cent cut in syllabus and that the details of the syllabus was already provided to the schools. He also said that COHSEM also have plans to increase double the number of examination centres from 101 in view of the pandemic and the centres have already been identified.
The chairman had also informed that 136 higher secondary schools out of the total 188 higher secondary schools have already given their feedback to conduct COHSEM examination.
All educational institutions in the state remained closed since the nationwide lockdown in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after the lockdown period, several schools in the state have been conducting online classes for students.
The meeting also reviewed the arrangements for the upcoming Statehood Day observation on January 21. It has been decided to celebrate the occasion with restrictions in view of the pandemic.
The Cabinet also agreed to conduct elections to the Autonomous District Council and Urban Local Bodies.
It further approved rules governing Manipur Private Security Services for providing private security to cash transportation activities, rules for banning unregulated deposits schemes, and the Manipur Human Rights Commission Services Rules. It was also approved to strengthen manpower of MHRC.
The cabinet also approved to strengthen manpower of Manipur Human Rights Commission.