Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, February 1
Schools reopened in Telangana after 11 months for holding physical classes for Class 9 and above students. Due precautions is being taken with thermal scanning and other safety guidelines like wearing masks and following social distancing.
As per the government orders, the schools will be providing masks to those who did not have one, but no one is allowed inside the school without the mask. Hand sanitisers have been placed in most schools, according to a government spokesperson.
Giving details, the spokesperson said today saw the opening of schools for class 9 onwards and also the junior colleges, degree colleges and post-degree colleges. The educational institutions resumed the classes with staggered timings and restricted the maximum number of students in a classroom to 20 to ensure physical distancing.
Students were happy but apprehensive and the overall mood was positive. Teachers ensured that the chit-chats were done from a distance. At the well-known Mahabubia Girls High School in Hyderabad, student were seen keeping distance, just like at other schools.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) had instructed officials to ensure all 14,252 high schools and 2,464 junior colleges and over 1,000-degree colleges start functioning from today. Most schools held meetings with parents before resuming classes.
Schools saw only about half the strength today but teachers at Mahabubia said that they hope attendance will pick up once the students and their parents gain some confidence.
The State Education Department has already announced that exams for 10th standard or Secondary School Certificate (SSC) will be held from May 7 to May 13. The education department has announced that May 26 will be last working day will of schools. During this academic year, there will be only 89 working days.
The Board of Intermediate Education will conduct the annual examinations for intermediate first and second year from May 1 to May 20. While exams for intermediate first year (11th standard) will be held from May 1 till May 19, the same for the second year (12th standard) will begin on May 1 and will continue till May 20.