All educational institutions in Sikkim to remain closed till August 31

All educational institutions in Sikkim to remain closed till August 31

Gangtok July 26: When the lockdown was first announced in Sikkim to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Education Department had issued a circular on March 18, 2020, announcing the closure of all government and private universities, colleges, schools, educational institutes, teacher education institutes, training institutes, tutorials and coaching centres across the State.

The Department had decided to open the educational institutions from July 01, 2020, but since the rise in cases of COVID-19 and infection continued, we also continued closure of educational institutes till July 31, 2020, and decided to reopen on August 03, 2020.

Keeping in view the further lockdown imposed in the entire State and extended till August 01, 2020, the Honble Minister for Education Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha has mentioned that all educational institutions in Sikkim, both government and private, will continue to remain closed till August 31, 2020.

The Honble Minister has also mentioned that a review of the situation will be conducted before reopening of the educational institutions. He has further mentioned that though safety and health come first, continuity of education for future benefit must also be our plan and has therefore appealed to all the teachers, students and parents to continue with online learning programmes, offline mode of learning designed by the Department and Home-schooling with maintaining abundant precaution and following COVID-19 protocol of health and social distancing.

The Additional Chief Secretary of the Department Shri G.P.Upadhyaya has appealed to all the school-heads to keep vigil and ensure the safety of the huge properties our schools have and also to continue with the learning programme devised especially for the lockdown situation.

He has also appealed to the teachers that pushing online activities to the students must be rational and reasonable. A child should not be over-burdened in the name of online learning and psychological aspects of the learners during the troubled time must also be kept in consideration.

The State Project Director (Samagra Shiksha) and Director (Elementary Education) Shri Bhim Thatal has requested the district authorities to ensure that all teachers are adequately taking classes through online mode as well as other media being used meant for the lockdown period.

A system of monitoring the progress of teachers also is underway in the Department which will assess the level of accomplishment by the teachers in their assignment during the lockdown.

He has also mentioned that recently announced home-schooling for the elementary level of students (upto Class VIII) with the concept that ‘if a child is not able to go to school, let the school come to the child’ means supporting the students of elementary level for their schooling at wherever they are. Teachers and parents together with educated youth are requested to monitor the learning of the children at homes during this time by maintaining ample social distancing and other COVID-19 protocol.

Visiting homes of the students or calling them at a convenient place may not be possible during the lockdown, but monitoring and maintaining the learning continuity through phones and other modes of communication should be maintained. He has also requested the teachers to refer to the downsized curriculum of the elementary level done by the NCERT (at the national level) and keep connected with the SCERT at the State level for suggestions guidance as the SCERT is the Academic Authority under the RTE Act.

Via the Education Department, Sikkim