Educational institutions in Bihar evoke lukewarm response on Day 1 of reopening – education
Thousands of students wearing masks marched to their respective schools to attend regular classes for the first time after the Covid-19 outbreak on Monday.
The city’s private and government schools welcomed students from classes 9 to 12 for regular classes after facing closure for 306 days.
Most private schools were observed to follow Covid-19 security protocols, while arrangements in some public schools did not meet specified standards.
At Bankipore Girls ‘High School and Bapu Smarak Girls’ High School, staff were seen distributing face masks to students at the front door.
On the other hand, a tutor who dropped off his son at the government children’s secondary school, Shastri Nagar, said: “We arrived at the school at 9 am, but the locks were hanging on the front door. After half an hour of waiting, few of the staff made it to the school. “
The Bihar Independent Schools Association, which coordinates with 890 private schools affiliated with CBSE and CISCE, ensured that all private schools will rigorously follow Covid-19 safety guidelines after reopening.
CB Singh, president of the association, said: “We have asked all schools associated with us to constitute the ‘Covid Care Committee’ in an attempt to implement and monitor security protocols. 50% of the students will be called alternately and the facilities will be disinfected every day after school. With the consent of the parents, several schools are considering the possibility of teaching during the holidays, as well as to compensate for the academic loss that occurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic ”.
Ashfaque Iqbal, Vice Principal of Bishop Scott Boys’ School, said: “By calling 50% of the students, we have classified them in the east and west region to facilitate better transportation ease. We have made alternate seating arrangements in classrooms to maintain social distancing. We also held a drill today to train our security staff on thermal protection and hand sanitizing at the entrance without any physical contact. We will give classes from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ”.
Meanwhile, public schools have also cleaned up the facilities to receive students.
Meena Kumari, Principal of Bankipore Girls’ High School, said: “The classrooms have been cleaned up. Circles have been marked on the floors for the classroom practice to maintain a 6-foot distance. Students must bring a letter of consent from their guardians to attend classes. Two masks will be provided to each student at the front door. “
On December 18, Bihar’s department of education allowed educational institutions to reopen for seniors after SOPs.
Sanjay Kumar, senior secretary of the education department, said: “We will hold a review meeting on January 18 to evaluate the result of the reopening of the schools for the upper classes and the decision to resume the junior classes will be made later.”
Meanwhile, Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College and BN College partially resumed classes for seniors with 50% occupancy.
Shashi Sharma, Principal of Magadh Mahila College, said: “Initially, we have called in grade III students. There will be no practical or subsidiary classes ”.