Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha government on Friday allowed reopening of schools for Class IX students across the State for the academic session 2021-22. The physical classes for Class 9 students will resume in government, government aided and private educational institutions from August 16.

“Government have been pleased to allow reopening of Schools in respect of Class-IX of Government, Government Aided and Private Educational Institutions coming under the jurisdiction of S&ME Department and are supposed to appear the Examinations under BSE, Odisha, CBSE and ICSE and other Boards recognised by Government of Odisha  w.e.f. 16th August, 2021,” the School and Mass Education Department said in a release. 

The teaching hours for Class-IX students will be from 9 am to 12.30 pm excluding Sundays and Public Holidays. The students are allowed to attend classes either on online mode or offline mode in consultation with their parents. 

Attendance is not mandatory for students in offline mode. The Hostels for Class-IX students will also start operating from August 16, 2021 and the SoP issued by this Department earlier will be applicable while opening the Hostels for Class-IX students. 

However, the guidelines issued by Health & Family Welfare Department and SRC-cum-ACS (DM) from time to time will be followed strictly. Besides, all the stakeholders are to follow Covid appropriate behaviour scrupulously, the department said.

Earlier, physical classes for Class 10 and 12 students resumed across Odisha on July 26 after a gap of more than three months due to the restrictions enforced to contain spread of Covid-19.