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Sharmili Mallick

The School and Mass Education Minister of Odisha, Samir Dash on Sunday informed that the schools for classes 1 to 7 will be reopened in a phased manner while looking at the Covid situation.

Speaking on the sidelines of the death anniversary and statue unveiling ceremony of eminent educationalist, Abani Kumar Baral at Khordha, Dash said, “Discussion on resumption of physical classes for primary students is underway with the deliberation of every aspect including the Covid situation at present. Reopening the schools in a phased manner is a judicious process and a final decision in this regard will be taken soon,” the Minister added.

The function was organised by the Khordha branch of the Odisha Secondary School Teachers' Association (OSSTA). MLA Jitu Mitra and former minister Panchanan Kanungo were among the dignitaries who attended the special event on Sunday.

Dash had earlier said that the classes for Standard 6 and 7 will be opened in the first phase and a decision on reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 5 will be taken in the subsequent stage.

"We hope all the classes will be commenced by the New Year," the Minister has earlier stated.

It is worth mentioning that the Odisha government had allowed the resumption of classes in the physical mode for Standard 11 and 8 from October 21 and October 25, 2021, respectively. The schools for class 10 and 12 students were also reopened in Odisha from July 26, 2021.

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