Acting on the order, Kankadahada BEO had written to school headmasters and stated that FIR should be lodged against the mediaperson in case of any 'unauthorised' entry.
Attendance of students on the day was relatively low and the adherence to COVID safety protocol was minimal in many schools due to relaxation of norms.
Sources said despite release of funds for construction of new anganwadi buildings and their management, many centres are running in a pitiable condition.
As many as 2,908 schools have undergone transformation during the second phase of the State government's programme.
The poor marks obtained by the students in the baseline survey carried out for Class I to VIII students in three phases between October 25, 2021 to March 11 was one of the key drivers.
Campuses of government schools were abuzz with fun-filled activities to familiarise students with physical classes
Though the government had allowed offline classes for the upper primary level from November 15 last year, it was scrapped from January 7 following the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic.
Last year, the department opened a dedicated portal ‘RTE Paradarshi’ for online admission of the EWS students to private schools in their neighbourhood under RTE.
MoU will be signed between SME dept and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab soon
Govt schools recording 50 pc attendance, while turnout is below 10 pc in some pvt schools
All schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, professional colleges and universities will reopen in the state. Classes from Standard I to Standard VII will, however, reopen from February 14.
Back in 2020 when COVID struck and there was very little understanding of a pandemic of this magnitude, the shutdown seemed appropriate but now, it is baffling.
While schools are conducting 'doubt-clearing sessions' in person after obtaining undertakings from parents and guardians, coaching classes continue to operate unchecked by flouting all restrictions.
The School and Mass Education (SME) department stated that the decision to reopen schools for primary students was taken in view of the downward trend of Covid-19 in the state.
This has left parents worried as the State government has clarified that schools lacking certificate of recognition cannot send their students for admission to Navodaya or Adarsh Vidyalayas.
The lowest 13 students including seven tribals did not transit from secondary to senior secondary in Mayurbhanj district, followed by 19 including one tribal student in Cuttack district.
The Chief Minister said that school is the identity of a person next to the country and family. He hoped that students will bring glory to the schools by excelling in their studies.
As per reports, as many as 761 posts of teachers are lying vacant in higher secondary schools in the district.
Members of teachers’ associations at primary and upper-primary level welcomed the State government’s plan to reopen schools for the elementary students in a phased manner.
Though classes will be conducted offline, the department has kept the online option open for the students.