Reopening of schools in Odisha: No further reduction in syllabus, says Minister
Bhubaneswar: With schools across Odisha set to reopen for Class 10 and 12 students on January 8, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today said syllabus has been slashed by 30 per cent and it will not be reduced further.
Detailing the guidelines to be followed by authorities of all schools across the state, he said sanitization and safety of all students is being prioritized now. Around 25 students will be kept in each section for the classes. Accordingly, the number of sections will be increased in case there is more number of students.
“The Principal Secretary of the department yesterday held a meeting with all District Education Officers (DEOs). A Nodal Officer has already been engaged in each district. They will work in coordination with their respective Collectors and DEOs,” the Minister said.
He added, “Classes will be held for 100 days. For this classes will be held on Sundays too. Only Observation Days will be holidays. Moreover, DEOs have been asked to appoint teachers if required.”
Regarding COVID-19 test of students, Dash said no such decision has been taken so far. The test will be done if the Health Department directs to do so.
Worth mentioning, classes for Class 10 students will be held from January 8 to April 26 whereas Class 12 students will attend classes from January 8 to April 28.