Digital Desk, Kolkata The West Bengal government is planning to open schools in phases after announcing the opening of schools from Std 9 to 12 from Tuesday. State Education Minister Bratya Basu said the government was keen to normalize school operations in the state based on the situation in Kovid. Speaking on the occasion, Basu said that students need to be brought back into the mainstream of education and with this in mind, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced the opening of educational institutions from November 16. We are starting with students from standard 9 to 12. We will review the COVID-19 situation in a few days and gradually all classes will be reopened from the junior level.
He reiterated that all precautionary measures have been taken to reopen schools, colleges and universities. Basu clarified that it is the discretion of the parents concerned to send their children to school for physical classes and there is no obligation for everyone to attend school. The next phase of opening of schools depends on the successful implementation of starting classes 9 to 12 from November 16. The state education department has already issued strict guidelines to schools to follow all the Kovid protocols.
As per the guidelines of the state government, students of standard 9 and 11 will report at 9.30 am and class will run from 10 am to 3.30 pm, similarly students of standard 10 and 12 will run from 11 am to 4.30 pm. Students must report to school half an hour in advance at both scheduled times. No guardians or other visitors will be allowed on the premises and sharing of tiffins and drinking water is strictly prohibited. Masks are mandatory for all students, teachers and non-teaching staff. The city’s private schools also have a separate plan to resume educational activities from Tuesday.