In partial modification of Unlock 4.0 guidelines in compliance with the directives of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Punjab government on Sunday allowed students of classes IX to XII to visit their schools in areas outside containment zones on a voluntary basis to take guidance from their teachers starting Monday.
However, this permission would be subject to the written consent of their parents/guardians as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Centre on September 8.
According to an official spokesperson, the State Home Department has issued detailed instructions to also permit skill or entrepreneurship training in national skill training institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), short term training centers registered with the National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other ministries of Government of India or state governments.
Likewise, the activities of National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Developments (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers have also been allowed from Monday, subject to strict adherence of the said SOPs.
The orders of MHA issued on August 29 and the subsequent guidelines issued by the state government on September 9 imposing additional restrictions in urban areas including curfew on Sundays would continue to be in operation, added the spokesperson.
Parents of 20 lakh students interact with 1 lakh teachers
Jalandhar: In a week-long virtual parent teacher meetings, parents of more than 20 lakh students interacted with more one lakh government school teachers. During the programme that began September 14, teachers made phone calls, video calls, and held zoom sessions to get the feedback of parents about the online classes. In certain cases, the PTMs were also held at schools while adhering to the Covid- 19 precautions. The optimum utilization of both the latest digital social media tools as well as the traditional methods were used to make the parents aware of the virtual PTM. Education Secretary Krishan Kumar said that in the new normal, it was necessary to hold the PTM to have a two-way communication with students and their parents. ENS
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