Odisha government to reopen schools for class 10 and 12 students from Jan 8 – education
The Odisha government announced on Saturday that schools will reopen for students of standards X and XII from January 8 and will follow the detailed standard operating procedure that will be strictly enforced by the authorities, a senior official said.
However, the shelters will not reopen now and school buses will not be available to students. Parents can make their own arrangements to bring their pupils to school, the official said.
A maximum of 25 students will be allowed to attend a class and each student will have a specific seat in the class, as is usually done during exams.
Odisha schools have been closed since March in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the school and the mass education department have been running classes online.
Standards X and XII students will receive 100 days of classroom instruction before they take the annual exams in May, the official said, adding that classes will also be held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Classroom classes for Standard X students will run from January 8 to April 26, while for Standard XII students from January 8 to April 28, according to a notice issued by the department of education.
Practical exams for standard X students will be held from April 27 to May 2 and for standard XII students from April 29 to May 14, he said.
The annual board examination of Class X students will be May 3-15, while the Council on Higher Secondary Education will conduct examinations for Class XII students from May 15 to June 11.
For the reopening of schools, the guidelines issued by the department of health and family welfare and the office of special aid commissioners will be strictly followed.
The decision was made by the government with the best interest of students in classes X and XII in mind so that students in our state can appear on time for all competitive tests in India, the notice says.
A detailed SOP has been prepared to be adopted for the reopening of public, private and government-assisted schools throughout the state.
According to the SOP, online learning will continue to be the preferred mode of instruction and will be encouraged. Students may attend schools with the written consent of the parents, but attendance must not be enforced and must depend entirely on the consent of the parents.
Online and classroom learning will go hand in hand and continue to share daily schedules and schedules, in accordance with the SOP.
Wherever schools hold classes online and some of their students prefer to attend classes online, they should be allowed to do so, he said.
However, the shelters will not open now and school buses will not be available to students. Parents can take their wards on their own arrangement. A maximum of 25 students will be allowed to attend a class and each student will have a specific seat in the class, as is usually done during exams.
The state government, in its January guidelines, has authorized the school and the mass education department and the higher education department to reopen schools and universities taking into account the prevailing pandemic situation.
Previously, the state government had reduced 30 percent of the curriculum for standard X students.