Andhra Pradesh government has ordered to open the schools for classes 9and 10 from 2 Nov onwards. However, 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive in Andhra Pradesh during the past three days when the schools were reopened, as informed by a senior official of the school education.
Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the number is not panicking when compared to the number of students attending the schools, though every supervision is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety codes are in place in every institution.
Yesterday (November 4) around four lakh students attended schools. And, there were 262 positive cases. It is not even 0.1 percent. Hence, it is not correct to say that they were impacted due to their attendance at schools. We ensure that each schoolroom has only 15 or 16 students, the official said.
According to him, the attendance of students to schools was drifting about 40 percent as parents are still worried about the killer virus despite tight measures being taken by the government.
Veerabhadrudu said impoverished students who could have enough money to pay for online classes, suffer the most. If the schools were not open and it is the problem for girl students in tribal and villages, parents may submit to child marriages if the minors stop going to schools.
Andhra Pradesh government schools and colleges reopened from November 2 for classes 9, 10, intermediate.
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Classes 6, 7, and 8 would commence on November 23 while classes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 would start from December 14, an official statement said previously.