Odishatv Bureau

Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Wednesday said that that the schools for Class 6 and 7 students may be reopened first in the State.

Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to Sambalpur, Dash said that schools will be reopened in a phased manner. "We are considering reopening schools for Class 6 and 7 students in the first phase," he said.

He further said that the decision to start physical classes for classes 1 to 5 students will be taken in the next phase. "We hope all the classes will be commenced by the New Year," said the Minister.

The Minister had earlier hinted at the resumption of the physical mode of teaching for class 1 to 7 students after Diwali. The possibility of Covid-19 third wave is almost negligible. Hence, all possibilities are being explored for the reopening of schools for Standard 1 to 7 students in the State, he had said.

“Till now no decision has been taken but we are taking all possible measures to ensure that classes are reopened in a graded manner. Already physical mode of teaching for Standard 8 to 12 students is continuing in the State,” Dash had said.

It is worth mentioning that the Odisha government 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.