With the exception of residential, social and indigenous welfare schools hostel facilities, all schools have reopened but very few students attended classes because most parents were apprehensive about sending their wards.
For the first time in the current academic year, a festive atmosphere was witnessed in some schools as students attended classes. School staff were seen checking students’ body temperatures and hand sanitizers at school entrances.
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Masked students sit in the classroom while maintaining social distance. Since only 15-20 percent of the students dropped out on the first day, the school managements did not face any difficulty in ensuring social distance. Students are happy to be back at school after a long absence and say that offline classes will help in the learning process.
Teachers inform the students about the precautions to be taken while staying on the school premises. Most schools announce conducting physical classes until the afternoon. They said the time would be extended later depending on the students’ response.
However, some private schools did not open on Wednesday because they were unsure whether they would conduct offline classes or online classes.
The Telangana High Court on Tuesday left it up to the school administrators to decide whether to take the class only offline or only online or for both online and offline classes. The court also made it clear that students should not be forced to go to offline classes and should not be punished for not going to school.
The court directed the government not to punish the schools which are not willing to take offline classes.
As per the High Court order, the government directed the school education director to formulate a standard operating procedure (SOP) so that all school management conducts classes offline within a week and publicizes them widely in print and electronic media.
The court stayed the reopening of residential, social welfare and tribal welfare schools with hostel facilities. It directed the education department to submit a report within four weeks on the standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed in these schools.
The government has also noted some school management so that parents sign that management will not be held responsible if children are infected while in school.
An official statement issued following the court’s order said, “Any commitment received from parents by the school management if a child is infected with the virus while in school discourages school authorities from liability.”
Meanwhile, Telangana Governor Dr Tamil visited the Saundararajan Raj Bhavan School and saw the arrangements made for its reopening. He said the school authorities have cleaned the premises and the students have come to the school with joy.
“Students need to be explained how to take preventive measures. All precautions need to be taken until children are vaccinated,” he said.
Education Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy visited a government school in Vijayanagar Colony and reviewed the situation there. He told reporters that 40 percent of the students went to school on the first day. He claimed that parents are willing to send their wards to school.
The minister said the concerned department is taking all measures to ensure sanitation of school premises. He said the authorities are taking all kinds of precautions.
The minister said out of one lakh lakh school students in the state, 20 lakh are studying in government schools. He said 2.5 lakh new admissions have been made in government schools across the state this academic year.
The government has allowed the opening of all educational institutions across the state from September 1.
After a gap of about 11 months, the state’s educational institutions reopened in February this year, but were closed from March 24 due to the second wave of Covid-1 cases. Student
For the second year in a row, no tests were conducted for grades 1 to 10 due to the Kovid epidemic. All students were promoted to the next class.
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