The apex body of all recognised schools in the 16 districts of Manipur, the United Association of Recognised Schools of Manipur (UARSoM), in its executive meeting decided to urge the state government to formulate SOPs on the early reopening of schools as the the state's COVID-19 situation has improved.
UARSoM held its executive body meeting at Elite Higher Secondary School at Kangpokpi district Headquarters on Thursday in connection with the prolonged closure of schools and the New Education Policy following strict Covid-19 protocols.
In a press conference held after the meeting, president UARSoM L Joy said that they deliberated on the prolonged closure of schools, its impact upon the student community, and the way forward on reopening the schools. He said that the meeting also discussed the newly introduced New Education Policy.
“We have decided to urge the state government to formulate SOPs on the early reopening of schools, considering the Covid situation in the state and bring back normalcy in the education sector,” he added.
L Joy also said that to understand the new education policy, they have decided that a state-level workshop on the New Education Policy be held at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the general secretary of the association Seikhojam Kipgen said that as the Covid situation has become dramatically low now, various states in the country have started reopening schools in their respective states.
“As we also observed the Covid-19 situation in our state has almost come to normalcy, we consider it is time to reopen our schools which have been closed for a prolonged period, considering its impacts on children,” he added.
He continued that the prolonged closure of schools in the state has affected the students and their future are at stake now, while appealing to the state government to look into the matter and take immediate action in reopening of schools in the state.