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TelanganaMedakAfter a lull, school bells ring in Telangana

After a lull, school bells ring in Telangana

Published: 1st Sep 2021 11:08 pm | Updated: 2nd Sep 2021 12:17 am

Hyderabad: Minister for Education P Sabitha Indra Reddy on Wednesday said that the State government is pulling out all stops to ensure Covid guidelines are maintained properly across all government schools in Telangana.

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During a visit to the Government High School at Vijay Nagar Colony, Masab Tank, Sabitha Indra Reddy said that GHMC in government schools located in Hyderabad and Gram Panchayats in the districts are doing their best to ensure the environs of Governments schools are neat and sanitised.

The Minister also interacted with the students and teachers of the school. “Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has given us strict instructions to ensure all Covid protocols are followed in Governments schools. I have given instructions to District Education Officers (DEOs) and Principals to ensure be extremely cautious while conducting the classes,” she said.

The Minister directed the education department officials to implement Covid protocols during mid-day meals and also has instructed the local revenue officials to take special care in ensuring proper sanitation is maintained in government schools in Telangana.

“There are nearly 30 lakh students in government-run schools in Telangana and the education department has the responsibility to not let the students and parents down during these trying times. Close to one lakh students in Telangana are admitted to government intermediate junior colleges and about 1.2 lakh children recently chose government schools instead of private schools,” the Minister said. Later, Sabitha Indra Reddy also visited Government Girls High School in Maheshwaram and had midday meals along with the girl students.

Face masks donated to students

Kumram Bheem Asifabad: In a novel gesture, Tiryani police in association with Reliance Foundation distributed 500 face masks to students studying in government schools in different parts of the mandal on Wednesday.

Tiryani Sub-Inspector P Rama Rao said that the police in collaboration with the foundation gave face masks to students belonging to government schools situated in Gambheeraopet, Kannepalli, Rambaiguda and Lingiguda villages. He advised the pupils to wear face masks while attending classes.

The police officer suggested to students practice physical distance and to sanitise hands to prevent the spread of Covi-19. He thanked the Reliance Foundation for joining hands with Tiryani police for the novel cause. He requested local philanthropists and voluntary organisations to come forward to extend their helping hand to the tribal students.

The students expressed gratitude to Tiryani police and the voluntary organization for distributing the masks. They said they could now freely attend the physical classes. Gambheeraopet Sarpanch Mutyam Varalaxmi, Tallapalli Jayavardhan, programme coordinator of the foundation, teachers were present.

Schools in Medak draw fewer students

Sangareddy: Amid fears of Covid-19, schools, which were closed down in March 2020 due to the pandemic, reopened after a record 16 months gap. However, schools in the erstwhile Medak district recorded poor attendance. Private schools recorded relatively lower attendance compared to government schools across Sangareddy, Siddipet and Medak districts on the first day of physical classes.

According to A Ramesh Kumar, District Educational Officer Medak, 21,657 students out of 95,498 have attended the schools across the Medak district, recording 23.68 per cent attendance. While private schools recorded 7 per cent attendance, the government schools recorded relatively better attendance with over 30 per cent. As many as 62 schools out of 108 private schools were not opened on the first day of reopening while one Aided school, which was having 174 students did not get any students on Wednesday.

Collector Medak S Harish has inspected the government school at Peddaaa Chintakunta in Narasapur Mandal. He has interacted with the students and staff. Zilla Parishad Chairperson R Hemaltha Goud, who inspected the school at Manepally in Veldurthy Mandal, has granted Rs 10 lakhs for building additional classrooms in the school. Mahila Commission Chairperson V Sunithalakshma Reddy has distributed masks and sanitisers to students of Government School at Gomaram village in Shivvampet Mandal.

In the Sangareddy district, only 35,732 students attended the school out of 2,46,599 students recording just 14.49 per cent attendance. While the government schools witnessed a turnout of 24.29 per cent, the private schools got just 5.73 per cent of students.

Different scenes were witnessed at various places in Sangareddy and Medak district on the first day of the reopening of the schools. At Zilla Parishad High School Pothireddypally in Sangareddy district, teachers welcomed the students with the flowers while a private school in Sadasivapet allowed only students who had consent letters from their parents.

Strict Covid norms at schools

Siddipet: Private schools in Siddipet distinct saw a relatively better turnout of students on the first day of reopening of schools on Wednesday.

Out of 1,43,550 students, 49,360 students attended the schools recording 36 per cent attendance. While private schools recorded 38 per cent of attendance, government schools recorded 32 pe rcent of attendance. Covid-19 protocols were followed in all the schools as the students and teachers were seen wearing the masks.

The students were allowed into the school after testing their temperatures. In many schools, a sanitiser was made available to help the students to wash their hands before entering the classrooms.

Also read:

Schools reopen in Telangana amidst Covid-19 protocols


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