Attendance drops in Uttarakhand schools as many teachers test Covid positive – education

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Attendance has dropped in schools of Uttarakhand from the day of schools reopening till Friday as many teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state.

Mukul Kumar Sati, extra director for secondary education in the Kumaon region of the state said, “We have not gotten 100% attendance since schools reopened in the state. In the first few days schools reported better attendance in comparison to the end of the week. To begin with 30-40 students from class 10-12 were attending classes on average per school but now it has reduced to less than 20.”

The state government is mulling to receive testing done for all students studying in the state but last decision will be taken after taking a look into the logistical issues like availability of testing kits and how to cover students from remote areas.

R Meenakshi Sundaram, secretary for education in the state said that the education branch is in talks with the health branch to solve the logistical issues.

“Testing is mandatory for all students returning to boarding schools as the number of students are limited and they’d be travelling from out of doors the state, but for day schools getting the testing done for all students is a little difficult as a result of the number of students. We have around one lakh students and teachers in just class 10 and 12. For testing we need to check the availability of testing kits, then how to succeed in each student in the remotest of the areas. Many such issues want to be thought to be before taking a last decision, but we can make certain that studies do not get impacted because of this,” said Sundaram.

He added that the district magistrates have been provided the authority to take call on closing schools in their respective areas depending on cases.

“We are steadily monitoring the situation and in touch with all district magistrates. Whether there’s a spike in cases in a sure area, then contact tracing may also be done and decision on closing schools will be taken area-wise instead of a state-wide decision,” added the secretary.

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