Though classes will be conducted offline, the department has kept the online option open for the students.
The Odisha Government on Friday announced holidays for school students from October 9 to 20 in wake of the ensuing festivals.
Close to 500 sanctioned school teacher posts including Headmaster posts lie vacant in Jagatsinghpur alone as the Odisha State government pushes its ambitious High School Transformation Programme.
Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said two schools that reported the Covid-19 outbreak were immediately closed and the education department officials have kept an eye on the situation.
Transformation programme was launched in 10 schools of Ganjam, 1,070 schools across the State will be covered in phases
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the department, apart from conducting classes in physical mode, is also telecasting them on Doordarshan.
School and Mass Education minister Samir Ranjan Dash said the admission process will be conducted through SAMS portal and the detailed schedule will be released by the department soon.
Schools under compulsion to run the hostels and as available resources are too meagre, some of them are resorting to borrowing and personal spending to meet expenditure.
Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said attendance is expected to rise as parents want their wards to continue classes in offline mode
When only 40 per cent of the teachers and staff are fully vaccinated and rest have taken first dose, how can the government allow reopening of schools, Congress spokesperson Sudarsan Das asked.
These high schools will start functioning from November 14, on the occasion of Children’s Day, this year.
The notification issued on March 11 by the School and Mass Education department envisaged merger of nearly 16,000 primary schools with upper primary schools.
Education of children of migrant labourers of the State has come to a halt with schools closed and classes going virtual since the Covid-19 outbreak.
The DEOs have been asked to ensure that classrooms and campuses are disinfected and cleaned regularly and a daily record of areas cleaned be maintained.
The district Collector will also direct schools to immediately shut down in case their zone is declared as a containment zone.