Bihar govt to distribute 73 lakh face masks among students as schools set to reopen from January 4

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With barely every week left for reopening of schools for students of Class 9 to 12, all authorities and personal schools have equipped for making crucial preparations and staggering Covid-19 security protocols for resuming common courses.

As part of security measures directed by the disaster administration group, Bihar schooling division is set to procure greater than 73 lakh face masks so as to present two face masks to every pupil of Class 9 to 12 finding out in authorities schools.

According to information obtainable with schooling division, there are round 36.61 lakh students enrolled in Class 9 to 12. Of them, 3.17 lakh students belong to Patna.

Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary of schooling division, stated, “We have published class wise enrolment list of each district to asses quantity of face masks required at government schools. Based on enrolment figure of last academic year, we have estimated that 36,61,942 students are enrolled in Class 9 to 12 across 38 districts. Each student will get two face masks free of cost which implies more than 73 lakh face masks are required for meeting the need.”

“All district education offices (DEOs) have been instructed to procure required quantity of face masks till December 31 from Jeevika group and submit invoices at education department office for reimbursement. DEOs have to ensure distribution of masks at high and secondary schools before January 4”, he stated.

Meanwhile, personal schools are busy in chalking out technique and equipping advance infrastructures for thermal screening and sanitisation.

“We have already procured thermal screening machine. We are looking for installation of automatic soap dispenser for hand sanitisation. Students will be called on odd-even roll number basis. Cleaning and sanitation of classrooms, laboratory and library is going on”, stated Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, principal of Baldwin Academy.

Officials of a number of authorities schools cited that water tanks want purification due to closure of college for 10 months. “Tap water is not clean in our school. We bring water from home. In the absence of clean water, students will face difficulty in washing hands and drinking water”, stated a senior trainer of Gardanibagh Girls’ High School.

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