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Schools in Jammu Class 10, 12. reopened for

After being closed for months to stop the spread of coronavirusVarious schools reopened on Monday for Class 10 and 12 students in Jammu as per the new government guidelines, officials said.

However, he added that attendance was low in both private and government schools for both the classes, but it is expected to increase in the coming days.

All educational institutions including universities and colleges were closed for offline classes on 18 April to prevent its spread. COVID-19. Several higher education institutions started working for vaccinated students earlier this month.

As per the latest COVID guidelines issued by State Executive Committee (SEC) chairman and chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Sunday evening, the government has allowed schools for classes 10 and 12 to teach individually with certain conditions. Allowed to reopen, including permission. Concerned Deputy Commissioner and strict adherence to COVID-appropriate behavior.

Regular classes were allowed for class 12th in educational institutions with limited individual learning on a certain day for vaccinated students and staff. Similarly, limited individual tuition of class 10 students, not exceeding 50 per cent on any given day, was allowed by the Deputy Commissioner concerned after the school management ensured compliance with the COVID-appropriate behaviour.

“However, classes shall be conducted after 100% screening through Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR, also subject to the consent of the parents and students,” the order read.

Rameshwar Mengi, principal of Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School, said 20 per cent of the nearly 3,000 enrolled students of classes 10 and 12 attended school on the first day.

“We have got consent from the parents of 60 per cent of the students and are hopeful that the attendance of students will increase in the coming days,” he said.

However, he said that most of the Class 12 students have not been vaccinated as they are just 17 years old.

“We took up the issue with the Deputy Commissioner of Jammu, who allowed us to admit students to offline classes after 100 per cent RT-PCR tests,” he said.

He said only those students whose COVID-19 report is negative were allowed to enter the school premises after proper screening and sanitization of hands.

“All the classrooms have already been sanitized and proper seating arrangements have been made in each class to maintain social distancing,” he said.

Kunal Singh, a class 10 student, said that he is happy to return to school after a long gap.

“There is no alternative to online offline classes. We will try to use the opportunity to clear our doubts and prepare ourselves for the final exam,” Singh said.

Another student, Tania thanked the school administration for making necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of the students.

“My parents were concerned about my safety, but they will breathe a sigh of relief when I inform them about the strict adherence to COVID-appropriate behavior by the management,” she said, expressing hope that they would go without any further breaks. will complete his course. .

The SEC has reiterated the reopening of coaching centers for civil services or engineering or NEET with limited individual tuition but only for fully vaccinated staff and students.

It has been said in the order that along with the schools of the rest of the classes, all other coaching centers will remain closed for individual teaching.

Meanwhile, the administration has doubled the limit on gatherings in banquet halls from 25 to 50 with certain conditions and cut the night curfew time by two hours in some districts.

“While the maximum number of people allowed to participate in indoor/outdoor gatherings, up to 25 will be strictly prohibited, banquet halls in districts where the Covid positivity rate is less than 0.2 and the weekly case load is less than 250, the limit of guests will be allowed to increase. 50 for vaccinated persons or those with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT reports not older than 72 hours,” the SEC said.

“The District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police will ensure compliance of the order,” it said.

The order said that night curfew will be in force in all districts from 8 pm to 7 am, while districts with positivity rate less than 0.2 and weekly caseload less than 250 will have curfew from 10 pm to 6 am.

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