Mizoram government has decided to open more than 300 schools in Covid-19 free areas outside the jurisdiction of Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) for the new academic session 2021-22.
The new Covid-19 guidelines issued by the state government on August 8 allowed the reopening of schools in the areas outside the AMC’s jurisdiction where there is no Covid-19 case.
The order stated that a standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the department shall be strictly followed.
School education department director James Lalrinchhana said that at least 376 schools in seven districts, including the Aizawl district, have been allowed to re-open for the new academic session 2021-2022.
He said at least 49 schools have so far been allowed to re-open in Aizawl district, 151 in Champhai district, 74 in Serchhip district, 47 in Lawngltai district, 11 in Siaha district, 20 in Saitual district and 27 in Khawzawl district.
Lalrinchhana said of the 11 districts, four districts – Lunglei, Kolasib, Mamit and Hnahthial – are yet to submit lists of Covid19-free villages where re-opening of school can be allowed.
Unlike previous years, the new academic session (for 2021-2022) was delayed by a month due to Covid19 and the academic calendar commenced from May.
Schools and other educational institutions have been closed for about 15 months starting from March last year due to the spread of Covid19.