Excitement was writ large on the faces of students as they attended physical mode of teaching in various schools in Odisha. Moreover, the schools have switched to morning classes from Saturday in view of the steep rise in the maximum (day) temperature in the past couple of days.
The State government had revised the school timings as part of the strategy to protect the students from direct exposure to heat and humid conditions.
As per the notification issued by the School and Mass Education Department, the students from standard 1 to 8 will have to attend their classes from 6:30 am to 10:30 am. Similarly, classes for standard 9 to 12 will be conducted from 7 am to 11:30 am. The revised school timings came into effect from today.
In several Odia medium schools, the students began their day by practising yoga for half-an-hour. According to a teacher in Balasore, the students were taught breathing exercises.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic situation, experts and doctors also stressed on the importance of Yoga and breathing exercises to improve the functioning of the lungs. Hence, Yoga exercises are being taught to students,” said the teacher.
It is pertinent to mention here that the physical classes for students from Classes 8 to 12, colleges, universities and other technical institutions had reopened in Odisha from February 7. However, the classes for students from KG to Class 7 were reopened from February 14, 2022.