Schools in Goa for classes 10 and 12 have reopened on Saturday, as the COVID-19 was closed due to the epidemic for almost eight months. The state government has asked schools to strictly follow students’ thermal screening, hand-cleaning, wearing masks, social distancing COVID-19, standard operating procedures (SOP) in classrooms.
The government had decided to allow schools for classes 10 and 12 to reopen from November 21 in the initial phase. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who also handles the education department, announced on November 4 that all COVID-19 security protocols would be followed by these institutions.
Speaking to PTI, a senior official of the state education department said, “Schools in Goa reopened for class 10th and 12th on Saturday morning. Schools are adopting all necessary SOPs to ensure that classes are safe. The management was given advance notice so that they could be ready to resume classes.
The education department had consulted with all stakeholders including parents, teachers and management before deciding to reopen the schools. “We have installed thermal guns at the entry point of the school. We have made it compulsory for students to clean their hands,” said a senior official of a city school.
“Class strength is restricted, which causes us to repeat sessions. On the first day, school attendance was thin because only half of the students were asked to attend.
“The rest of the students will be called from next week,” he said, adding that teachers will have to teach the same section at least five times to cover the entire batch. The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) had already announced that 30 percent of the course would be reduced for the current academic year.