Schools in Odisha Reopen for Class 9 and 11

Schools for students of classes 9 and 11 reopened today in Odisha amid strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. The schools were closed for 10 months, with a majority of teachers and students finishing the syllabus via online classes.

The School and Mass Education Department has established Standard Operating Procedures (SoP), as per which, classes will be held for two and a half hours from 8 am every day. Classes for these two grades will consist of three periods and will go on till April 30.

Given below are the guidelines issued by the education department:

  • The teaching staff have been directed to report 30 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • There will be no half-day and weekly-off on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
  • The syllabus has been reduced by 30% owing to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. The routine and scheme of lessons have been prepared as per the revised syllabus.
  • The students will appear for one unit test in the second week of March while the annual examination will be held in the last week of April.
  • Sitting arrangements will be made as per the COVID-19 protocols, ensuring social distancing.
  • The government has resolved to contract retired teachers to meet the necessity of large-scale vacancies in various schools across the state.
  • Teachers will teach subjects like Mathematics, English and Social Science on a priority.

Notably, the government had earlier announced the resumption of classes for students of class 10, establishing a system of 100-day classroom teaching as the annual examinations will begin from May 3.

In another announcement made a couple of days back, Samir Ranjan Dash, the School and Mass Education Minister, had said that the physical mode of teaching for students of classes 1 to 8 is likely to resume soon.

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