Nagaland: Resumption of physical classes for schools from Feb 2021

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Our Correspondent
Kohima | December 18 

The Nagaland Government has decided that the Department of School Education may take necessary steps for allowing resumption of physical classes in a staggered manner for students of Classes of 6 onwards for all the schools in Nagaland from the month of February 2021.

This was decided during a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima on December 18. 

Detailed SOPs in consultation with Home Department and Health Department for re-opening of schools for prevention of spread of COVID-19 will be prepared for guidance and compliance of all the stakeholders, the meeting discussed.

It was further advised that Nagaland University (NU) may take steps for conduct of the odd semester examination from January 18, preferably offline, and explain the possibility of resuming classes by the 2nd week of February 2021, subject to adherence to the SOPs for prevention of spread of COVID-19 in this regard.

As regards technical institutions, the new academic session begins from February 25, 2021 and steps may be taken for starting offline/physical classes, subject to adherence to the SOPs. 

Officials from Health & Family Welfare Department and the Home Department briefed the COVID-19 situation in the state. This was informed by Neiba Kronu, Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, who is also the government spokesperson on COVID-19.

During the meeting, it observed that while adequate SOPs exist to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it was felt that it would be advisable for the Health Department to issue a fresh general advisory reiterating the COVID-19 appropriate behavior for ensuring safe Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Meanwhile, in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines, gathering of people subject to adherence of all existing SOPs may be increased from the present 100 to 200 or 50% of the hall capacity for enclosed spaces, whichever is lower, and in case of open spaces, the limit will be decided keeping in view the space available and the requirements for social distancing.

The Home Department has been asked to issue necessary orders in this regard. 

Further it was stated that the Home Department may issue necessary orders for opening of cinemas /entertainment parks and similar places.

The meeting further decided that the bar on issue of ILP to tourists may be removed and tourists may be allowed entry into the state with a COVID-19 negative test report and subject to adherence of all the SOPs issued for preventing the spread of COVID-19, as being done in several states in the North East.