SRINAGAR — Amid a surge in fresh COVID-19 cases, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said that only 50 per cent of attendance of the staff in all educational institutions of the Union Territory shall be allowed.
Besides, the government also ordered the closure of all technical training institutions for in-person and on-campus education.
The order of allowing only fifty per cent of staff attendance in all educational establishments was issued a day after it was reported that nearly sixty thousands government teachers in J&K have to reach their schools only to teach students through online classes amid the ongoing pandemic.
Meanwhile, the State Executive Committee (SEC) in an order said, “In continuation to previous government order, it is ordered that the technical training institutions falling under the Department of Skill Development and Technical Education shall remain closed for on-campus and in-person education till May-15.”
The SEC said that online education shall be the mode of teaching. The order further states, “During the closure of all educational institutions that includes school, colleges, universities and technical educational institutions, the attendance of staff in person shall be restricted to 50 per cent only.”
“All heads of institutions shall devise rosters to ensure this, as per directions to be issued by the school, higher education department in this regard,” it reads.
The SEC also said that such staff of educational institutions as are needed by the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA), District Magistrates for official duties shall not be exempted from duties on account of this order.
“The gathering limit as ordered shall continue to remain in force,” it reads.
Many teachers had demanded that if the government wants to break the chain, it should allow the teachers to stay home and focus on the online mode of teaching. (KNO)