Odisha to reopen schools on July 26 for offline teaching of class X, XII students

Bhubaneswar : The offline classes for Class X and XII students in all government and private schools in Odisha will commence from July 26 following Covid protocols.

Announcing this, School and Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu said the schools will be open from 10 AM to 1.30 PM without any lunch break .

However, Mr Sahu said the Collectors will take a decision on the opening of schools considering the covid situation in their locality.

He said attending classes in schools has been left to the discretion of the students.The government had ordered the closure of schools due to Covid pandemic.

Mr Sahu said the schools will be sanitised and teachers will be vaccinated before the classes are reopened. Wearing of masks is made mandatory and instruction has been issued to conduct thermal screening of all students.

The School and Mass education department is preparing detailed guidelines as to how to conduct the teaching in the schools and the District Education Officers(DEO) have been directed to ensure that all covoid protocol and covid appropriate behaviour be implemented in the schools .

The Mass Education secretary said the government is also considering starting offline classes for Class IX students from August 16 next if the Covid situation improves and Class XI from September 15 next.

However the online classes for the students of other classes will continue as before.

In another major decision the government decided to conduct the offline examination of the annual High School certificate Examination in the state from July 30 to August 5 next.The District and Block Headquarters will be made examination centres at.

Wearing of masks will be made mandatory and thermal screening of the students will be done before they enter the examination centres. No students will be allowed to enter the examination centre without wearing masks.

The examination will be conducted with strict implementation of Covid protocols and covid tests of all teachers in charge of the examinations will be conducted before the examination.

This year the government has cancelled the annual High School Certificate Examination conducted by the Board of secondary Education Odisha due to Covid pandemic.

An alternative evaluation system was developed by the Board and the result was declared on June last.

Out of the total 6.30 lakh students who appeared for the examination a record number of 6.10 lakh students have cleared the exam.

The government decided that if any student is not satisfied with the result , he or she can opt for offline examination which will be conducted when the situation will be conducive.

Mr Sahu said so far 2244 students have opted for the offline examination.In total 15,115 students have filled up forms to appear in the offline exam.

He said the evaluation of the papers will be made from August 10 to 15 and the results will be declared by August 22 next.

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