Maharashtra Government Approves School Opening and Online Learning SOP
The Maharashtra government approved the reopening of schools and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of online learning on Monday amid Corona epidemic crisis. It was submitted to the government by the Education Department on 12 June. State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray approved it in a meeting with Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad.
According to this SOP, the new academic session will start from June 15 for students across the state. During this time all schools will connect with students for the next few months through online learning. Online learning hours have been fixed for each class. For the most recent, children from third grade to fifth grade can be given an hour class a day. At the same time, children from class 6 to 8 can be seated for two hours in a full day. Apart from this, children from 9th to 12th grade can be accommodated for a maximum of three hours in a day. At the same time, a rule has also been made not to do online classes for children up to second grade. It has also been decided in the SOP that students should be given adequate breaks in between the two classes.
Further, the Maharashtra Education Department is planning to open schools in a phased manner. Schools from 9th to 12th can be opened in the first phase in July in the area where there has not been a single corona case in the last one month. The remaining small classes will be opened in September.