Sources said a sens low to reach the highest level for reopening primary schools has been reached, as students have suffered the most during the closure of physical classes. The inability of children, especially those below the fifth grade, to understand lessons through online mode makes the task of teaching lessons even more challenging for teachers.
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Considering health concerns, the source added, however, that each class may initially be allowed on campus three days a week. “From October 1, offline classes for students in grades one through eight will resume. Each class may initially be allowed to work in offline mode on alternate days, ”a senior official in the state education department told TOI. Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma recently announced that the ninth, eleventh and degree second year physical classes would resume from October 1.
According to mental health experts, children who are at risk of chronic mental anguish due to long-term incarceration, teachers want the government to allow offline classes even before October 19th.
“In some districts, the administration has asked government teachers to visit families to take classes. In such a situation, the risk of spreading the virus is high. But if students are allowed to sit in the classroom after thermal screening, it will be safer. However, primary school teachers have started going to school for government work, ”said Ratul Chandra Goswami, general secretary of the Assam State Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA).
He said that the online classes for the primary students of government schools have failed to give any fruitful results as about 0% of the students could not get the benefits. “It is a punishment for teachers who travel many miles to their school and return home without taking any classes. As a salaried person, we cannot oppose government directives but the students are not benefiting, ”Goswami added.
Percentage attendance was recorded in several schools in Assam city when the 10th class physical classes resumed last week after more than four months. However, the overall response was disappointing. Attendance on the first day was less than 50% in most districts. But attendance at schools is slowly improving as there have been no reports of major covid infections on campus.
Education officials are also hoping for a good response for the primary level (first to eighth grade).
“From 47%, tenth grade attendance in our district has been about 80%. Parents now believe that the children are safe on campus and the government is sincerely following the Covid protocol, ”said Ramesh Chutia, inspector of Lakhimpur district school.
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