Madhya Pradesh schools to reopen for Classes 6 to 12 from September 1

From September 1, all government and non-government schools of Classes 6 to 12 in the state will reopen with 50% student capacity on all working days.

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Anu Parthiban | Aug 28, 2021 - 8:21 a.m. IST
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Bhopal: Schools in Madhya Pradesh will reopen for Classes 6 to 12 with 50% attendance and other COVID-19 guidelines from September 1, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said after chairing a review meeting on Friday.

"From September 1, all government and non-government schools of Classes 6 to 12 in the state will reopen with 50% student capacity every day. The consent of the parents will be mandatory. School management and parents have to strictly follow the COVID-19 protocol," the chief minister said.



Chouhan further said that the decision over the resumption of classes for Class 1 to 5 will be taken on the basis of the situation after a week. Earlier, schools for Classes 9 to 12 were being held twice a week, however, now the classes will be held on all working days.

"Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Minister of State for School Education (Independent Charge) Inder Singh discussed in a meeting to start the classes in government and non-government schools of the state from 1st September with 50 per cent students," CMO said in a tweet.

A school education department order also said it was mandatory for school staff to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Physical classes for Class 9 to 12 began with 50% students' attendance in the last week of July, while online classes were also being held simultaneously.

Private schools in the state were demanding reopening of schools for all classes in compliance with COVID-19 safeguards. At least 45,000 private schools affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education had announced to stage sit-in protests across the state from September 2.

Schools in MP were closed since March last year due to the coronavirus outbreak, with some classes being held for a while before being stopped amid the second wave this year.

(With inputs from PTI)

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