As many as 262 students and around 160 teachers have tested positive in Andhra Pradesh in the past three days after schools reopened on November 2 for students in grades 9 and 10, a senior official said today. school education.
School education commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure was not alarming compared to the number of students attending schools, although everything is being done to have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. in each institution.
“Yesterday (November 4th), about four lakh students attended schools. There were 262 positive cases. It is not even 0.1%. It is not correct to say that they were affected in because of their school attendance. We make sure that each classroom has only 15 or 16 students, “the official told the Press Trust of India news agency, adding that” this is not alarming. “
According to statistics provided by the department, there are 9.75 lakh students enrolled in class 9 and 10 in the state, of which 3.93 lakh attended, out of 1.11 lakh teachers, more than 99,000,000 attended their institutions teaching Wednesday.
Out of 1.11 lakh teachers, around 160 teachers have tested positive, he added.
“The lives of students and teachers are important to us,” he said.
Students’ school attendance stood at around 40%, he said, with parents still fearing the killer virus despite strict measures taken by the government.
Mr Veerabhadrudu said poor students who could not afford online lessons are the most affected if schools are not open and it is a dilemma for girls in tribal and rural areas as parents can engage in child marriage if adolescents stop attending school.
All public schools and colleges reopened from November 2 for grades 9, 10 and intermediate.
Grades 9 and 10 and Intermediate Years 1 and 2 would only operate every other day for half a day.
Classes 6, 7 and 8 would start on November 23 while classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would start from December 14, according to an official statement.
All educational institutions have remained closed since March, when the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 was announced.
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