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No assembly or sports, classes in shifts — the likely new normal in schools after lockdown

While there is no clarity on when schools will reopen, NCERT is working on a post-lockdown plan for schools, which will involve a number of social distancing measures.  

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New Delhi: No morning assembly, no seminars and no sports events, this is how schools across the country are likely to function once they reopen post the Covid-19 lockdown.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed since the second week of March and while there is no clarity on when they will reopen, the Modi government has begun working on a plan that will be put in place once students are back in classrooms, ThePrint has learnt.  

According to senior officials in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been tasked with developing a post-lockdown plan for schools.  

Confirming the development, NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapathy said, “MHRD has tasked NCERT with formulating guidelines for schools, which are being worked on. This will include directions for various stakeholders including school management, teachers, parents and students.”  

Also read: Govt turns to ‘TV classrooms’ as online lessons prove to be a challenge during lockdown

No social activities for a year 

According to sources, some of the guidelines that are being worked out include banning social activities such as seminars, sports events and even assembly gatherings for upto a year. The safety guidelines will be made available to schools before the government decides to order their re-opening.  

“There are a number of things that we will have to look at … how to maintain distance between students in school buses, while they are sitting in the classrooms and even when they are using the washroom, because a large number of students use a single washroom in schools,” a source told ThePrint.   

“The bigger challenge will be to ensure the younger children maintain distance; they usually sit close and mingle a lot more than the older ones. The safety guidelines that we will form will include all these things,” the source added.  

Experts are also discussing running the schools in two shifts, a practise already followed in some states. NCERT experts have also sought data from different states on the number of teachers, students and infrastructure in schools to assess if shifts will be possible in the schools.  

The idea of having a post lock-down plan was also discussed by the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during his interaction with education ministers of various states. During the interaction, Nishank asked states to keep a post-lockdown plan ready for schools, keeping in mind all norms of social distancing. 

Also read: JEE Mains and NEET in July, IIT entrance test in August — HRD minister announces dates


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  1. Please sir ish saal aap school reopen Matt marna….agar reopen kiya b hum apne baccho ko school nahi bhejne wale …becoz bacche social distancing rule follow nahi kar payenge…agar ye bimari school me chali gayi na bahut problem..bahut badi problem create ho jayengi sir….baccho K sath risk na le..chache woh 5th grade k ho ya 11 12 grade k…don’t reopen the school 🙏

  2. I’m going to attend the board exam next year ….If government doesn’t reopen schools or conduct online classes for the whole year …It would create a problem bcoz of lots of disturbances .or other technical issues..Most of the students are not attending online classes daily ..govt should take a better step to reopen the schools …Finally I want to say jst online studies are not enough bcoz we have a vast syllabus and many other competitive exams are conducting every year …scls should reopen..By taking proper measurements. .

  3. My two daughters are 8th and 10th standard. Schools should be opened because online clasess are not good.

  4. I think online classes are not good enough.So I think school should reopen in June or July.Many students bunk classes and I am in 12th standard and very worried about my future.I think students who are going to participate in board next year should get a chance for studying in school.Otherwise board exams should be conducted in months of June and July next year so we will get much more time for our exams.B because online classes are not giving us benefits

  5. Sir I’m in class 12 sir I think that school should be reopened by June as online classes are much beneficial due to lots of disturbances online classes are not that much benificaial most of the students are unable to attend online classes lack of concentration and bad qualities are another problem sir plz try to reopen schools with screening while entering school and suitable steps for making our future good

  6. Just take the fees and do online classes for all standards even for 11th and 12th….

  7. start the school for 8th std students and above after the situation is ok because we will need to start as for childrens future as all may not be able to join the online class so higher standard students are matire enoufh and mask shoukd complusary no activties only basic imoprtanlectires and reduce the school hours that it eveeythwin will run smooth but start the school colleges after as soon as lockdown is over and there should be strictly rule mad to school and colleges to the teacher to look about the mask thing and social distancing upto particular distance

  8. I am in 12th class this year and very much worried about my future, truly online classes is not that good idea for me as it creates a lot of difference in studies, I just hope government would find out a better way for attending the class or rather close the school for whole year

  9. Schools had to be started , when let the Govt. & think tanks decide it . As I think this is a first of its kind . But its not the end . Hereafter calamities of this type might be repeated . May be naturally or because_of international scenario itself is getting changed . Our next generations must get trained to handle such situations. But all the safety measures & standard procedure must be implemented . This must be ensured by school staff , managements , parents and Govt officials . Our future pillars of Nation ought to be safeguarded at all the costs. We being responsible citizens has responsibility to make them fit , tougher & facing the challenge successfully .

  10. Firstly the health of the youth is to be taken care of in this situation not of opening of schools , for the safety of the life of the students online classes to be schedule till the next year.

  11. Schools should not be open because it will increase the chance of exposure to corona virus because even senior students will not be able to maintain the distance and precautions that they are maintaining in their home and some schools are very small with a large student capacity in each section like 70+ in one section which will increase the chance of exposure.

  12. For students of below class VIII, on line classes are required to be made compulsory up to next year. For students of class VIII and above, they can attend offline classes in school, for those students social distancing, sanitizing to be strictly followed and sitting accomodation may be planned accordingly, under the strict supervision of one Govt officer deputed to each school.

  13. What’s wrong with the government the corona cases are increasing but the government is thinking to open schools

  14. Great work modiji and the bjp government! But for you I wonder what would have happened to us in this time of distress!!! Modiji ki Jai ho! Bharat Mata Ki Jai ho! Sanatana dharma ki jai ho! Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu! Jai mata di!

  15. Just drop the idea of opening schools before assembly,no sports,distancing between students then what’s the need to attend school..
    Just for collecting fees do not keep the schools open..
    Just give online classes ,collect 80% fees and finish it..

  16. There need to be some stucture post lockdown. Bcoz this is going to b there for some time with us .

  17. I hope govt will not play with Children’s life.Don’t take a hasty decision to re-open school in a hurry.


  19. Plz curtail the syllabus, leave moral science, gk, drawing, literature etc. aside for this session. Don’t increase school hours, focus must b on languages, maths, and science. Keep the online classes optional so that the classes are less crowded.

  20. Sir,
    I think we need to take safe steps not risk.lives of young ones.
    In fact some curriculum based class wise with basic concepts must be sent to all schools as home assignment for an hour.
    Rather than rushing children… Unknowingly to expose them and impact which lasts for their lifetime….
    Lives are important before education.
    Learning can happen either ways.

  21. Great just for social distancing the class strength should be reduced to half or less If there are are 4 sections should make them eight and recruit more staff for these sections as rightnow recruitment exams are not possible they can be taken from the last year merit lists

    • Online classes will be good for primary classes from class 1 to 7 for the whole year and at the end only final exams should be taken .as per condition going on now , children are the future of the country they has to be protected.and for 8 to 10 std classes must conduct in the school keeping social distancing in mind in the year 20-21 session .

  22. This is totally bullshit….what the hell is wrong with govt……like people are dying and schooling is more important for you….. your totally risking the lives of children

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