Hyderabad: The State government has decided to reopen schools for Classes 6 to 8 from Wednesday.
The decision was taken following instructions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, with schools to reopen for Classes 6, 7 and 8 between February 24 and March 1, Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy said here on Tuesday.
However, schools will have to strictly comply with Covid-19 guidelines, and consent of parents is mandatory for students to attend classes. About 17.24 lakh students in addition to those of Classes 9 and above in schools are likely to attend classes. The government permitted reopening of educational institutions for Classes 9 and above from February 1.
Thanks to the measures taken up by the State government, institutions and District Collectors, the physical classwork for Classes 9 and above was running smoothly, the Education Minister said, adding that out of 11 lakh students in Classes 9 and 10, nearly 72 per cent students were attending the classes while 85 per cent attendance was being recorded in Class 10.
Depending on the situation and school strength, accommodation facilities, and infrastructure available, managements can commence physical classwork for Classes 6 to 8 in a shift system.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a teleconference with all District Collectors, DEOs and district welfare officers of BC, Minority, Tribal Welfare and SC Development departments on the reopening of schools for these classes. He directed that physical classes for 6 to 8 students should start from Wednesday and not later than March 1. He also directed District Level Education Monitoring Committee (DLEMC) chaired by the District Collector to meet and take up reopening of these classes.
All precautions should be taken for the safety of students and teachers, he said, adding that special measures should be taken for schools opening for the first time since March last.
Social Welfare Secretary Rahul Bojja, BC Welfare Secretary B Venkatesham, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Rizvi, Minority Welfare Secretary Nadeem Ahmed, Tribal Welfare Special Secretary Sridhar and Director of School Education A Sridevasena attended the teleconference.
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