The Home Office on Saturday released the Unlock 4 guidelines that allow states and UTs to call up to 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff to schools at the same time for online classes or tele-advice related work, Sept. 21.
The guidelines stated that students in grades 9 through 12 were only allowed to attend their schools on a voluntary basis in areas outside the security zones to seek advice from their teachers. This requires the written consent of their parents or guardians.
While these relaxations will not be granted in areas outside the security zones until September 21, the ministry announced that the ministry of health will issue standard operating procedures.
The MHA also said schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to be closed to students and regular classroom activities until September 30, and online / distance learning will continue to be allowed and encouraged.
An official press release said the decisions were taken in close consultation with states and union territories.
The guidelines state that starting September 21, subject to SOPs, skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted in national qualification institutes, industrial training institutes (ITIs), short-term training centers registered with the National Skill Development Corporation or state skills development missions or other government departments is from India or state governments.
The ministry said the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), India Institute for Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be approved.
Higher education institutions may allow researchers and PhD students technical and professional programs that require laboratory / experimental work.
“These will be approved by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA based on their assessment of the situation and taking into account the incidence of COVID-19 in the states and UTs,” the MHA said.