Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister

BHUBANESWAR: Amid the rising Covid cases in the state, it may not be possible to allow schools to reopen after August 31. Meanwhile, to ensure that all students have access to education, the school and mass education department is planning to launch the Sikhya Sampark programme in a week, school and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Das said.

Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister
Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister


“Owing to the surge in the Covid cases across the state, it seems unlikely for schools to reopen in September, while a series of festivals fall in October. So it’s only in the month of November that we can think of reopening the schools, keeping the safety of children in mind,” Das added.


He further said the department is in the final stage of the Sikhya Sampark programme, which is most likely to be announced by the weekend. “As part of the programme, we will try to reach out to as many as 60 lakh children through the online as well as the offline module. Clusters and areas under each school will be divided among the teachers of the respective schools, who will visit the particular areas twice in a week, and speak to the students and parents about the learning process by following the Covid-19 guidelines. They will also give homeworks and clear the doubts of children,” Das added.


The teachers will also lay emphasis on programmes like Utthan and Ujwala for the children. The focus will also be on the revised or new chapters in the syllabus for the Class X students, the minister said.

Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister
Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister
Schools unlikely to reopen before November: Odisha minister

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