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



Thousands of students wearing masks marched to their respective schools for attending steady classes for the first-time post Covid-19 outbreak on Monday.

City-based private and government schools welcomed students of Class 9 to 12 for steady classes after facing closure for 306 days.

Majority of private schools were seen following Covid-19 safety protocols while arrangements at few govt schools were not as per specified standards.

At Bankipore Girls’ High School and Bapu Smarak Girls’ High School, staff were seen distributing face masks among students at entrance gate.

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

Organization of Independent Schools, Bihar, which coordinates with 890 private schools affiliated with CBSE and CISCE, assured that every one private schools will rigorously follow Covid-19 safety guidelines after reopening.

CB Singh, president of the organization, said, “We have asked all schools associated with us to constitute ‘Covid Care Committee’ in a tender to execute and monitor safety protocols. 50% students will be called on alternate basis and premises will be sanitised on a daily basis after classes. With consent of parents, several schools are mulling to conduct classes on holidays as polite to compensate academic loss occurred because of Covid-19 pandemic.”

Ashfaque Iqbal, vice-principal of Bishop Scott Boys’ School, said, “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 approximately thermal screening and hand sanitisation at entrance without any physical contact. We will be able to conduct classes from 9.30 am to 1pm.”

Meantime, government schools have also sanitised the premises to welcome students.

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

On December 18, Bihar education branch allowed the educational institutions to reopen for senior students following SOPs.

Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary of education branch, said, “We will be able to hold a review assembly on January 18 to evaluate the outcome of reopening of schools for higher classes and decision for resuming junior classes will be taken afterwards.”

Meantime, Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College and BN College partially resumed classes for last year students with 50% occupancy.

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


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