As per the decision, the government has announced temporary closure of schools till April 30, 2022.
The first week will be utilised in interacting and engaging the students with several activities which have been planned by the concerned authorities, said School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Sunday.
Keeping in view the same, several activities including rapport building exercise, have been designed to be taken up soon after reopening of the schools
Though the schools were earlier asked to reopen from February 14, the government today stated that students will be allowed to attend classrooms from February 28. However, on-line teachings will continue as before.
Interestingly, for the last two years Abhijit Banerjee is also the head of the Global Advisory Committee created by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to help the state in fighting Covid.
Of the 24,45,407 enrolled students in 37,533 schools across the State, 14,42,790 students turned up in the classrooms today.
Without students, schools are meaningless and with the resumption of classes, schools have got a new lease of life, said CM Naveen
In a letter to the institutions, the Secretary, School and Mass Education department, Bishnupada Sethi said that the teaching hours for students in all the educational institutions under the School and Mass Education Department has been fixed by the government.
Many health experts in Odisha feel that the time has not come yet for the reopening of schools in State
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.