Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that all government and private schools in Madhya Pradesh will resume from September 1 for Classes 6 to 12, with a minimum of 50% attendance every day. For students in Classes 9 to 12, schools resumed in July, and students in Classes 6 to 8 will return to their schools for the first time in months.
The decision from the chief minister to reopen schools in Madhya Pradesh came ahead of a scheduled protest by private schools.
From September 2, at least 45,000 private schools affiliated with the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education were set to begin sit-in protests across the state to demand that schools be reopened.
When schools will resume in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan stated that students will be required to bring approval from their parents in order to attend offline classes.
Chouhan added that school administration and parents will have to ensure that Covid-19 protocols are followed.
प्रदेश में आगामी एक सितंबर से कक्षा 6 से 12 के सभी शासकीय और अशासकीय विद्यालय 50% विद्यार्थी क्षमता के साथ प्रतिदिन प्रारंभ हो सकेंगे।
इस व्यवस्था में अभिभावकों की सहमति अनिवार्य होगी। स्कूल प्रबंधन और अभिभावक इस दौरान #COVID19 प्रोटोकॉल का पालन अनिवार्य रूप से करें।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 27, 2021
Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Inder Singh Parmar told PTI earlier this week that the government has planned to reopen schools for Classes 6 to 8 next month.
“However, in view of the pandemic, we are being extremely cautious in making a decision on this,” Parmar told PTI.
After reopening schools for upper grades, the minister stated that the government would consider resuming offline sessions for lower grades (Classes 1 to 5).
“To begin, we intend to reopen middle schools with a limited number of students on specified days of the week. We’re deciding on it. Following that, we’ll consider resuming classes at primary schools (Classes 1-5) with proper precautions in place,” stated the minister.
When asked about the MP Private School Association’s (MPPSA) demand that all schools be reopened immediately, Mr. Parmar said that the government was considering over it taking the coronavirus situation into account.