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Schools to re-open at Odisha and Delhi

New Delhi : Several schools in the national capital are set to reopen for all classes from Monday after remaining closed for 19 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while many have chosen to defer the reopening to post-festive week. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had last week announced that schools would reopen for all classes from November 1, even though teaching and learning would continue in blended mode. Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Sunday gave a hint about reopening of schools from class 1 to 7 after Diwali.

While speaking to media Education Minister Samir Ranjan said that no decision has been made yet but the it is likely that the physical mode of teaching would resume for class 1 to 7 students after Diwali.

As per the Minister there is a possibility of Covid-19 third wave is almost negligible. Hence, all the possibilities are being checked thoroughly before taking any decision regarding physical re-opening of schools.

“Till now no decision has been taken but we are taking all possible measures to ensure that classes are reopened in a graded manner. Already physical mode of teaching for Standard 8 to 12 students are continuing in the State,” said Dash.

Dash further said the State government will take an appropriate call on reopening of schools for Standard 1 to 7 students.

“We are hopeful that a decision will be taken by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the reopening of schools after Diwali at any moment,” said Dash.

The School and Mass Education Minister categorically stated that the classes for Standard 1 to 7 will resume in a phased manner across the State.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government has allowed the resumption of classes in physical mode for Standard 11 and 8 from October 21 and October 25, 2021, respectively. The schools for class 10 and 12 students had reopened in Odisha from July 26, 2021.

Delhi schools classes strength

The DDMA has also said that schools would have to ensure that there is not more than 50 per cent attendance in a class at one point of time and no student is forced to attend physical classes.

Delhi schools attendance

While government schools have been reporting over 80 per cent attendance after they reopened in September for Classes 9 to 12, private schools are in the process of sending out consent forms to parents and most of them will decide their plan of action post-Diwali.

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