Gangtok, August 31: The Department of Education, after a decision taken at the State Task Force Meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, announces that all educational institutions in Sikkim shall continue to remain closed till September 30, 2020 or till any such further orders.
Earlier, instructions were issued for the heads of schools, colleges and educational institutes, professors, teachers, and all other non-teaching staff members to attend their workplaces regularly from September 01, 2020 for continuity of digital and offline classes from their workplaces, support the home-schooling initiative and assist in upkeep and maintenance of institutions. It was also mentioned that reopening of schools, colleges and educational institutions for regular activities will depend upon the directives/advisory of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India.
Now that the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines vide Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) on August 29, 2020, following instructions are issued for all educational institutions in the State which shall be applicable only to the areas and persons outside the Containment Zones:
Heads of institutions are advised to make proper and rational arrangement for the deployment of teaching and non-teaching staff members to supervise, monitor and regulate activities like online learning, offline learning, home-schooling, upkeep and maintenance of the institutions from September 01, 2020 purely on requirement basis. All safety protocols must necessarily be observed.
However, 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff members should attend the institutions from September 21, 2020, which may be arranged either on an alternative basis or any such convenient arrangement as may be deemed fit by the respective institutes. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India shall be applicable for such attendance.
Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers from September 21, 2020 subject to the written consent of their parents/ guardians and SOP being issued by MoHFW.
These instructions shall not be applicable to those areas during the time when containment continues and to those educational institutions which are acquired/requisitioned by the District Administration under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 until de-notified and sufficiently sanitized.
Press release issued by:
Director (Elementary Education), SPD (Samagra Shiksha)
Nodal Officer for Public Relations and Publicity