Educational Institutions, tourism reopen in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 1 | Publish Date: 9/1/2021 11:56:23 AM IST

After months of having remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, colleges and the tourism sector reopened in Meghalaya on Wednesday in keeping with safety norms.  

The first day of reopening of educational institutions and tourism evoked mixed response, even as uniformed students were seen going to their institutions.    

Maintaining that the health of students is the government’s top priority, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said majority of the parents and teachers are welcoming the government’s decision to reopen the schools and colleges and said, “attendance is also not mandatory.”

However, he said that the government will review the functioning of the schools from time to time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.     

Rymbui also informed that more than 75 percent of the teachers have been vaccinated and many of them have also come forward for vaccination against the COVID-19.    

All schools, private and public reopened in urban and rural areas, whereas in the urban  areas, online classes would continue for classes 1 to 5, school visits for classes 6 to 8 and on-campus classes for students of classes 9 to 12.   

In the rural areas, school visits would be allowed for classes 1 to 5 and on-campus open classes for students of classes 6 to 12.   

All colleges in the urban and rural also reopened in keeping with safety protocols, even as teachers have been urged to get themselves vaccinated against the virus.    

Visitors to tourist destinations are required to be fully vaccinated or provide COVID-19 negative test reports before entry.


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