Bhubaneswar: After reopening schools for Class VI to XII students, the State Government has decided to resume physical teaching for the students of Class I to V from January 3, 2022.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the State in March 2020, schools have remained closed for the primary class students. Only online teaching and classes through TV and Radio programmes were conducted in the State.
Speaking to reporters here, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash here on Tuesday said, “With the instruction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, we are going to start physical teaching for the Class I to V students in about 27,000 from next January 3.
As the first summative assessment-I of Class X students would continue till January 9, the teaching in other remaining schools having classes for I to X standard students will begin from January 10.
The Minister said the interested students will impart classroom teaching from 9 AM to 12 PM on all days except holidays.
Considering the eagerness among students to attend classes in their schools, the Government has taken this decision, Dash said.
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) being followed for conducting classroom teaching for other classes will be applicable for these students also, he said.
While the online classes will continue, students can attend the offline classes in consultation with their parents/ guardians. This apart, cooked mid-day meals will not be served to the students. Instead, dry ration will be provided to the students as being provided earlier, sources said.
Physical classes for Class VI to XII have already resumed in the State. Physical classes for students of X and XII started on July 26 last. The classroom teaching for Class XI and VII commenced on October 21 and October 25, 2021, respectively. On November 15, the physical teaching for the students of Class VI & VII had resumed in the State.