The Meghalaya state government has announced that all higher education institutions in the state will reopen on February 1, 2021. The state Ministry of Education directed universities to adhere to guidelines issued by the state government.
According to the announcement published by the state government, the classes will be held both online and offline in a mixed mode. The class includes classroom transactions, homework, and online interaction in the counseling area. According to media reports, parental consent to attend offline classes is mandatory and attendance must not be enforced and must be entirely dependent on parental consent.
The notice published by the State Department of Education adds that at least three classes will be offline, with two classes per week required at home for homework-related assignments. The notice adds that students and parents can get more updates on the official website of the Meghalaya State Department of Education.
It should also be noted that, although the decision has been made, higher education authorities will organize face-to-face courses at any time in case COVID-19 cases are reduced. Universities can decide with the health authorities before making a final decision on this issue.
Schools in rural Meghalaya operate in a similar way with parental consent, which is mandatory for schools and universities. Offline participation in courses is also not mandatory for students.