Educational institutions in Bihar evoke lukewarm response on Day 1 of reopening

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Thousands of college students carrying masks marched to their respective faculties for attending common lessons for the first-time publish Covid-19 outbreak on Monday.

City-based non-public and authorities faculties welcomed college students of Class 9 to 12 for normal lessons after dealing with closure for 306 days.

Majority of non-public faculties have been seen following Covid-19 security protocols whereas preparations at few govt faculties weren’t as per specified requirements.

At Bankipore Girls’ High School and Bapu Smarak Girls’ High School, employees have been seen distributing face masks amongst college students at entrance gate.

On the opposite hand, one guardian who went to drop his son at Government Boys’ High School, Shastri Nagar, mentioned, “We reached school at 9 am but locks were hanging at entrance gate. After half an hour wait, few staff reached the school.”

Association of Independent Schools, Bihar, which coordinates with 890 non-public faculties affiliated with CBSE and CISCE, assured that each one non-public faculties will rigorously comply with Covid-19 security pointers after reopening.

CB Singh, president of the affiliation, mentioned, “We have asked all schools associated with us to constitute ‘Covid Care Committee’ in a bid to implement and monitor safety protocols. 50% students will be called on alternate basis and premises will be sanitised every day after classes. With consent of parents, several schools are mulling to conduct classes on holidays as well to compensate academic loss occurred due to Covid-19 pandemic.”

Ashfaque Iqbal, vice-principal of Bishop Scott Boys’ School, mentioned, “For calling 50% students, we have classified them into east and west region to facilitate better transport facility. We have made alternate seating arrangements in classrooms for maintaining social distancing. We also conducted mock drill today for training our security personnel about thermal screening and hand sanitisation at entrance without any physical contact. We will conduct classes from 9.30 am to 1pm.”

Meanwhile, authorities faculties have additionally sanitised the premises to welcome college students.

Meena Kumari, principal of Bankipore Girls’ High School, mentioned, “Classrooms have been sanitised. Circles have been marked on floors for of practical classroom for keeping 6 feet distance. Students will have to bring consent letter from their guardians for attending classes. Two masks will be provided to each student at entrance gate.”

On December 18, Bihar training division allowed the tutorial institutions to reopen for senior college students following SOPs.

Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary of training division, mentioned, “We will hold a review meeting on January 18 to assess the outcome of reopening of schools for higher classes and decision for resuming junior classes will be taken afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College and BN College partially resumed lessons for remaining yr college students with 50% occupancy.

Shashi Sharma, principal of Magadh Mahila College, mentioned, “Initially, we have called degree part III students. There will be no practical or subsidiary classes.”

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