Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) assessment had indicated that the cases of Omicron infection are not on the rise, and it had said that the curve was flattening. It prompted the officials to propose the reopening of schools for physical attendance.
By taking into account the present Covid situation, the decision to reopen schools may be changed, said the Director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training
School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash today said as per the directions of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the government has decided to resume physical mode of teaching in about 27,000 schools in the State.
The physical classes will be conducted while strictly following all the COVID-19 protocals, said Minister Dash.
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.
While talking to newsmen, the Minister said that though no decision has been taken so far, it is likely that the physical mode of teaching would resume for class 1 to 7 students after Diwali.
The School and Mass Education Department had earlier decided to reopen physical classes for Standard 11 and 8 from October 21 and October 25, respectively. Classes 10 and 12 students have opened since July 26.
The Minister said that the District Education Officers (DEOs) will be instructed to ensure that all teachers are vaccinated and only the fully vaccinated ones be allowed to attend schools.
While classes for Standard 11 students will resume from October 21, the classroom teaching for Standard 8 students is scheduled to start from October 25, 2021.
Odisha government had earlier issued a set of guidelines for schools which were reopened for students of Class- 9, 10 and 12 for the academic Session 2021-22
While announcing the guidelines for this month, the Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena said the School and Mass Education department has complete authorisation to take a decision on whether to reopen schools at this juncture or not.
School principals have also sought consent from the parents for sending their wards to school
State School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash feels that vaccination of teachers and staff will not be a problem for the opening of schools
It is pertinent to mention here that the syllabus for Class 9 and 10 students was reduced by 30 % in view of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
The Odisha government has decided to telecast video lessons for class 12 students on Doordarshan in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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