Around 30,000 schools in Rajasthan that remained closed for most of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic reopened on Monday. In the first phase, classes of 9 to 12 standard have been opened.
There was enthusiasm among students and teachers. It was a pleasant sight with old classmates and teachers meeting and greeting each other.
The schools’ teachers were at the gates to receive the students and enforce COVID-19 safety protocols prescribed by the government. The students were prohibited from shake hands or embracing each other.
If all goes well and there is no spread of the virus due to the opening of the schools, the education department would allow the re-opening of the lower classes as well, officials said. In the second phase, classes between 6 and 9 will be reopened.
Parents’ consent must to attend school
The education department has made it mandatory to allow only such students whose parents have given them consent to attend school. The schools were also instructed to ensure that students should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet in the classroom.
The education department has made arrangements for both online and offline education.
According to initial reports, the strength on the first day was 10 to 15 percent in the urban areas, but in the villages and small towns, the attendance was higher with up to 30 per cent of students remaining present.
In urban areas such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota, the students’ parents came to the school to inquire about the precautionary measures taken by the schools before sending their children.
Coaching hub Kota reopens
In Kota, the hub of coaching education, the various institutes attracted 15 to 20 percent of their students who came from different parts of the country to resume their coaching. These coaching institutes have taken adequate measures for the safety of students. The district administration officials visited these coaching institutes to see the arrangements.
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