Odisha Education Minister Provides Update on Reopening of Schools

Samir Ranjan Dash, School and Mass Education Minister, has publicly stated that no decision has been taken as yet on the reopening of schools in Odisha. This statement comes as a clarification to the prevailing uncertainty regarding the resumption of physical classroom teaching at schools.

Dash has said that extensive measures have been exercised to ensure that the education of students is not hindered. “Students are being taught via online mode even though it has not been possible to reach out to every student. Due to such lacuna and other factors, we have decided to reduce the syllabus of Class 9 and 10 in the first phase,” said the School and Mass Education Minister.

The state government has begun live streaming of classes on the video uploading platform- YouTube for students of Class I to Class X. To maximise the reach to students through virtual mode, a specialised blueprint has been prepared and given out by the School and Mass Education Department.

As per official sources, the online teaching process for the students of Classes 9 and 10 will continue till July 31. Four sessions, beginning from 10.45 am to 1 pm, will be held five days a week from Monday to Friday. Similarly, standard 1 to 8 students will learn via online mode till July 7.

The Minister also announced that the syllabus for students of classes IX and X in Odisha will be reduced by 30% this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

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