Reopening of schools in Punjab: As announced by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab schools have been reopened for all classes on Monday, August 2, after over a year.
Punjab school education minister Vijay Inder Singla, on Sunday, said that it was approved by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in view of the present Covid situation. The education department is all set to reopen schools for all classes from August 2 onwards.
The cabinet minister said that the schools will be conducting physical classes right from pre-primary to senior secondary level. He added that timings will remain the same from 8 am to 2 pm and parents will have to provide written consent before sending their wards to schools.
Vijay Inder Singla said that the reopening of schools in Punjab would play an important role to assess the learning of the students during the pandemic as the teachers were able to contact the students through virtual classes only.
He said that after the assessment of the students, the teachers would focus on the fields which will be requiring more attention. He said that the reopening of schools will also provide a chance to the schools and teachers to teach the practical subjects in a better way by conducting practical classes.
Singla also directed the education department officials and school managements to ensure proper cleaning of premises and classrooms and follow the Covid-19 safety norms precisely as per the guidelines of the Government of India and Punjab Government from time to time.
The minister directed the district education officers to ensure both doses of Covid-19 vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff before allowing them to conduct physical classes and should also arrange availability of vaccine for school staff on a priority basis in liaison with respective district administration.
Principal of Govt Girls' Senior Secondary School in Amritsar, Mandeep Kaur, on reopening of schools in Punjab, said, "The school has reopened for students of all classes now. Arrangements for sanitisation have been made."
"Students have also been asked to carry their own sanitiser. Mask compulsory. All teachers received double doses of vaccine. We've reduced the strength of classes to 50%. Online classes will continue simultaneously, not compulsory for students to come here," she added.