Meghalaya: In the wake of rising number of corona positive cases in Meghalaya, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said that regular offline classed from nursery till college- level would continue in the state as the heads of educational institutes agreed to continue regular offline classes. However, he also added that class attendance would not be mandatory and school authorities could take the classes in different shifts. Student could also opt for online classes or whatever other system school might provide.
D.P Wahlang, Additional Chief Secretary of Education held a meeting on Wednesday with the educational heads to hear their views regarding the present COVID-19 situation in the state with relation to conduct regular offline classes in schools and colleges.
“We feel that the present system is good enough. The heads of the educational institutions are also in an opinion that present system should continue because online classes are not handy even in the urban areas,” the minister said. Talking about the board exams which will begin from April 16, Rymbui said that the educational heads were in a view that board examinations must be held as scheduled as it helps in testing the capacity and capability of students.
“The main objective of schooling is that the children will get the knowledge and education,” Rymbui said while imparting that educational heads are of a view that students have not benefitted from the online classes. The minister said that the educational heads also agreed to their decision that all teachers must be vaccinated since they come into contact with students on a regular basis.
“The Education Department has communicated the matter raised by the educational heads to the Health Department on the need to vaccinate teachers,” Rymbui said pointing out that it would be a massive exercise since there are around 75000 teachers in the state.
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