Govt to decide on opening schools for Classes I-VII on Oct 21

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 17

As many as 53 students have been found Covid positive since the opening of classes on September 27. The maximum number of students affected were from Kangra and Mandi (14 each), followed by Hamirpur (8), Solan (6), Bilaspur (4), Shimla (3), Chamba, Kinnaur, Kullu and Lahaul amp; Spiti (1 each). No case was reported from Una and Sirmaur districts.

Wherever cases were detected, schools were closed for 48 hours and Covid-19 guidelines were adhered to, said Director, Higher Education, Amarjeet Sharma. He said about 99 per cent of the total 46,744 teachers and 15,900 non-teaching employees had been administered the first dose of vaccine and over 35 and 36 per cent of them have received the second dose too.

Teachers said students were fed up at home and were keen on attending school after a long gap. The percentage of attendance has increased from 48 per cent on September 27 to 60 per cent on October 16. Schools were opened for Classes X and XII on September 27 and for Classes IX and XI on September 30. Classes for standard VIII were started on October 11. Online classes are still going on.

The Union Government has issued elaborate guidelines for opening educational institutions and coaching centres and has asked the state to take its own decision on opening institutions. The state government is likely to review the situation on October 21.

The final decision on the opening of schools for Classes I to VII will likely be taken near Diwali after the byelections, depending on the Covid-19 situation, said highly placed sources.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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