Schools and Colleges to reopen from October 15 under Unlock 5.0 guidelines

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: October 2, 2020 10:06 PM2020-10-02T22:06:49+5:302020-10-02T22:06:49+5:30


Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA has released the Unlock 5.0 Guidelines. Under the revised guidelines, reopening of schools and colleges in India is allowed from October 15 in a graded manner.

The decision to reopen schools and colleges has to be taken in consultation with the school’s/ institution’s management after assessing the situation. Attendance is not mandatory in schools.

As for colleges, the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education has been given permission to take the decision on the reopening of colleges/ Higher Educational Institutions or HEIs.

The decision for colleges also has to be taken after assessing the ground situation.

For both schools and colleges, online learning would continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and to be encouraged.

Schools and coaching institutions have been given permission to reopen in a graded manner from October 15, 2020. This would have to be done after assessing the situation

Online learning is to be promoted and preferred mode of teaching. Attendance is not to be made mandatory or enforced and students would still require parental consent to attend the school (voluntary)

In case schools are conducting online classes and some students prefer online and not physical classes, then school must permit them to do so

Schools within containment zones would continue to remain closed.

State & Private Universities, and other HEIs are allowed to reopen only for research scholars and postgraduate students in science and technology stream, as per the decision of the respective state governments.