GUWAHATI, Jan 15: Attendance in the lower primary (LP) schools from Class I to V reopened in the State is increasing day by day. The schools were reopened on January 1 nearly after ten months.
Even though the students' attendance in LP schools in rural areas was nearly 80 per cent, the turnout of students in the city schools was very low in the initial days. In many of the LP schools in Guwahati the students' attendance did not touch the double digit.
"But more students are coming to the school on every passing day. Parents are slowly overcoming the fear of the COVID infection. We are taking all pre-cautions and adhering to COVID safety protocols," a teacher at the New Guwahati Adarsha Sishu Vidyalaya said. He said the teachers are wearing masks and using hand sanitizers while attending classes.
A comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has already been issued by the Assam government for functioning of the schools.
According to the SOP, lower primary schools will open for classes on alternate days for all classes from I to V. The SOP further mandates the issued guidelines for Government and private institutions equally. It states that schools will open at 9 am and end at 1:45 pm. Mid-day meals in Government schools is also mentioned to be provided between 12.15 to 12.45 pm.
All school premises will be sanitized once every week. Classes of IV and V will be held on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and classes of I, II, and III will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
It is further mentioned in the SOP that the academic year for schools and colleges has been extended until March 31, 2021 to recover the loss in academic days and also to bring State's educational session at par with the all-India level.
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