85% Students Want to Attend School Again: OSCPCR

The Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR), an umbrella body that provides legal guidance on matters concerning children and their rights, have sent in recommendations to the School and Mass Education Department, as the state prepares to reopen schools from January 8.

OSCPCR chairperson Sandhyabati Pradhan said, “We have carried out a study on the impact of Covid-19 on children’s learning covering all the 30 districts. The study revealed that about 85 percent of children supported the reopening of schools. However, the three most important precautionary measures children and parents suggested are mandatory use of facemasks, hand wash and temperature check while entering the schools.”

Pradhan added that while it is essential to take necessary precautionary steps on the road towards reopening of the schools, it was also important to inculcate how the students, faculty and all other stakeholders would remain safe in times of a pandemic. Sick students, teachers and other staff must not attend school, he said.

Meanwhile, several city-based government and private schools have started intensive santisation drives just before students flock back to the classes. Sonamika Ray, the headmistress of Capital High School, said “Sanitisation of classrooms and bathrooms is in full swing and we will make sure that all the students wear masks and have sanitisers with them. We will also comply with safety guidelines and make sure that no classroom has more than 20 students while maintaining social distance.”

Some schools also had a round of consultation with parents, asking for their suggestions and addressing their concerns. The panel has also suggested organising special enrolment drives to ensure that no student is left behind.

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