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Bihar govt to distribute 73 lakh face masks among students as schools set to reopen from January 4 – education

With just one week left for schools to reopen for students in classes 9-12, all government and private schools have prepared to make the necessary arrangements and amazing Covid-19 safety protocols to resume regular classes.

As part of the security measures led by the crisis management group, Bihar’s education department will procure more than 73 lakh of face masks to provide two face masks to each student from classes 9 to 12 studying in public schools. .

According to the data available with the education department, there are around 36.61 lakh of students enrolled in classes 9 to 12. Of these, 3.17 lakh of students belong to Patna.

Sanjay Kumar, Senior Secretary of the Department of Education, said: “We have published a class enrollment list from each district to assess the number of masks required in government schools. Based on the enrollment figure for the last academic year, we have estimated that 36,61,942 students are enrolled in classes 9-12 in 38 districts. Each student will receive two face masks at no cost, which means that more than 73 lakhs of face masks are required to meet the need. “

“All district education offices (DEO) have been instructed to purchase the required number of face masks by December 31 from the Jeevika group and submit invoices to the department of education office for reimbursement. DEOs must ensure the distribution of masks in middle and high schools before January 4, ”he said.

Meanwhile, private schools are busy defining strategy and equipping advanced infrastructures for thermal filtering and sanitation.

“We have already acquired a thermal screening machine. We are looking for the installation of an automatic soap dispenser for hand disinfection. Students will be called on the basis of odd even numbers. Classrooms, laboratory and library are being cleaned and sanitized, ”said Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, director of Baldwin Academy.

Officials from several government schools cited that the water tanks need purification due to the school being closed for 10 months. “The tap water is not clean in our school. We bring water from home. In the absence of clean water, students will find it difficult to wash their hands and drink water, ”said a head teacher at Gardanibagh Girls’ Secondary School.

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