262 students test positive after schools reopen in Andhra, govt says not alarming – education

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As many as 262 students and approximately 160 teachers tested positive in Andhra Pradesh all through the past three days after schools were reopened on November 2 for class 9 and 10 students, a senior official of the school education said on Thursday.

Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure isn’t alarming when in comparison to the number of students attending the schools, though each and every care is being taken to verify COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in each and every institution.

“The day past (November 4) around four lakh students attended schools. There were 262 positive cases. It isn’t even 0.1 per cent. It isn’t right to say that they were affected because of their attendance to schools. We make sure that each and every school room has only 15 or 16 students,”the official told P T I, adding “It isn’t alarming.

As per the statistics given by the branch, there are 9.75 lakh students registered for Class 9 and 10 in the state out of which 3.93 lakh attended, out of 1.11 lakh teachers, over 99,000 thousand attended the educational institutions on Wednesday.

Out of 1.11 lakh teachers, approximately 160 teachers tested positive, he added.

“Lives of both students and teachers are important for us,” he said.

According to him, the attendance of students to schools used to be hovering approximately 40 per cent as parents are still apprehensive of the killer virus despite tight measures being taken by the government.

Veerabhadrudu said bad students who could not come up with the money for online classes are the most affected ones whether the schools were not open and it is quandary for girl students in tribal and rural areas as parents may indulge in child marriages whether the teenagers stop going to schools.

All government schools and colleges reopened from November 2 for classes 9, 10 and intermediate.

Classes 9 and 10 and Intermediate first and second year would operate on alternate days only for half-a-day.

Classes 6, 7 and 8 would begin on November 23 while classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would start from December 14, an official commentary said earlier.

The entire educational institutions have remained closed since March when the national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 used to be announced.PTI GDK SS PTI PTI

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