Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged parents to allow their children to attend physical classes at schools as the educational institutions reopened today.
In his address, Patnaik said parents and guardians should ensure their children mask properly and go to schools to attend offline classes. Children should be encouraged to follow Covid appropriate behavior, he added.
Terming the day as a ‘historic one’, Patnaik said children in the State have been able to go to school due to the God’s blessing, cooperation of the people and sacrifice of the Covid warriors. Reopening of schools indicate normalcy has been returning in the State which was otherwise affected by the Covid pandemic for past two years, he added.
The Chief Minister added he has been happy as children are able to go to schools after a gap of two years.
Patnaik assured students there won’t be any issue for them in teaching and covering the syllabus.
He urged teachers to ensure students are able to make up their study which was affected due to the closure of schools due to the pandemic. Children are now the responsibility of teachers. They must give special care to ensure everyone follows the Covid appropriate behavior, he said.
The Chief Minister asked school managing committee to pay special attention to safety of children.
It is worth to mention that schools in the State reopened for Class 8 to 12 today. Physical classes for KG to Class VII students will commence from February 14.