These school students will not get textbooks in Odisha. Know Why

Bhubaneswar: While Odisha Government has directed officials concerned to complete distribution of textbooks among students of elementary classes in next two to three days, the latter have been restricted to carryout the distribution drive in some specific areas due to risks related to COVID-19.

As per the order issued by Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) on April 20,  District Education Officers (DEOs) and District Project Coordinators (DPCs) have been asked not to distribute books in COVID-19 hotspot areas, containment zones, buffet zones or any other areas notified by the respective district authority.

Besides, teachers and Cluster Resource Centre Coordinators (CRCCs) have been asked to obtain prior permission from their respective  district Collector before going out to distribute books.

As textbooks could not be distributed during the prescribed time due to closure of schools in the wake COVID-19 outbreak, OSEP) decided to distribute the books to the parents of students of Class I to VIII from school points or by visiting door-to-door.  Teachers and CRCC are carrying out the distribution drive.

“During the distribution, all protocols regarding social distancing, safety and security should be followed strictly,” the order issued by OSEPA reads.

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