Hyderabad: The State government has decided to reopen all public and private educational institutions including Anganwadi centres in the State commencing from September 1. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directed the Ministers and the officials of Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration departments to ensure cleaning and sanitisation of all educational institutions and hostels across the State by August 30.
The decision was taken after considering the reports that the continuous closure of educational institutions was causing mental stress among students especially school children, and could also affect their future. The officials were instructed to reopen all educational institutions – from KG to PG and public as well as private, duly following all the precautions to keep the spread of Coronavirus under control. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, all the educational institutions have remained closed for more than one-and-half years since March, 2020.
At a high-level meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan on Monday, the Chief Minister explained in detail about the factors that led to the government’s decision to reopen all educational institutions. He stated that due to closure of educational institutions following Covid pandemic, uncertainity prevailed over the future of educational system in the State leading to utter confusion among various sections including students, their parents and also teachers of private educational institutions and affiliated organisations. In this context, the meeting also discussed the steps being taken by other States across the country for the reopening educational institutions, apart from the status of Covid-19 pandemic in the State. The officials have reported that the Coronavirus on was under control in the State and the current situation was far better than the past.
Cleanliness and Sanitisation
Chandrashekhar Rao kept the onus of maintaining cleanliness and sanitisation of all government educational institutions and restore normalcy upon the departments of Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration. He wanted them to ensure that all the schools, colleges and hostels which have remained shut for such a long period, were habitable. He reiterated that it was the responsibility of the sarpanches and municipal chairpersons of the respective villages and towns to keep the premises of schools and educational institutions clean.
With the resumption of schools scheduled within a week’s time, special care will be taken to clean the premises of educational institutions including classrooms and toilets with chemicals such as sodium chloride and bleaching powder. Besides cleaning the water tanks, sanitisation of the entire schools premises including classrooms should be taken up by the local bodies. The ZP chairpersons were directed to conduct field visits in their respective districts and inspect whether the government schools and other institutions were maintaining cleanliness. The officials were instructed to ensure that all the government educational institutions were sanitised and fit for reopening before August 30.
Special Care for Children
Chandrashekhar Rao wanted the school headmasters and principals to take utmost care of students after reopening of schools including residential schools. If a student in a school has fever or other symptoms, they must be immediately taken to the nearest PHC and get Covid tests conducted. If tested positive for Covid, they will be handed over to their parents. He also advised students to dutifully follow the Covid protocol including wearing masks and sanitising hands among others, while attending the school. He urged parents who are sending their children to ensure that the latter follow the Covid protocol without fail.
Ministers Errabelli Dayakar Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, along with other top officials from Finance, School and Collegiate Education, Municipal Administration, Panchayat Raj and other departments, also participated in the meeting.
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