Digital Desk, Kolkata. Ahead of the opening of schools in West Bengal, the state education department has sent a draft proposal to the state secretariat Nabanna for approval. In view of the pandemic situation, the department has proposed several measures for the smooth functioning of the schools. Schools are scheduled to open on 16 November. However, there has been no official statement regarding the proposal. Education department sources said the department has proposed separate school hours for classes at present. An official of the education department said, “The state government has asked to open classes from 9 to 11 and in such a situation we have asked the state government to consider the proposal so that there is no rush of students during special school hours.”
The department has also said that there should be separate hours for the students of each class and only half the students will be allowed in each class, to maintain social distancing. The department has also proposed for one student in each bench. Further, the department said that there would be no prayer or congregation during school hours and students would not be allowed to step out of their classes during class hours. Once they enter the class, they will not be allowed to go out, the official said. They can leave their classes only after their class hours are over. They will also have to carry their own tiffin inside the classroom.
The department also said that parents will not be allowed inside the school premises and there will be a mandatory class for ten minutes before the commencement of school to educate students about the COVID protocol. The school will also go for extensive sanitation after the classes are over and arrange for health check-ups of the students at regular intervals. The draft proposal has been sent to the state secretariat for approval. The proposal comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the opening of schools from November 16. Mamta was recently on a tour of North Bengal for an administrative meeting. He told Chief Secretary H.K. Divedi to make necessary arrangements so that educational institutions can start functioning again. Earlier on October 5, the state finance department had already sanctioned Rs 109 crore to the education department for the renovation of 6,468 state government schools in the state, which is an ample indication that the government is keen to open schools after Durga Puja.