Physical classes from class 8 to above will begin from February 7 in Odisha, KG to class 7 from February 14

Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary of Odisha Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Thursday informed that the physical classes of students from class 8 to above will reopen from February 7 across the State.

In his address to the general public, the Chief Secretary said that the State government has decided that all educational institutions, importing any type of education of Class-8 and above including schools, colleges, ITIs, Polytechnics, Degree Colleges and Professional Colleges and Universities, should start physical classroom teaching with effect from February 7, 2022 as the daily covid positive rate and hospitalization rates are decreasing gradually.

He also said that the schools for the physical class of the students from KG to class 7 will reopen from February 14.

The following academic activities will have to be done:

For the current academic year, students in schools may avail the option of online/off-line/ hybrid teaching for their classes.

For higher education institutions the guidelines as was prevailing just before the closure of such institutions on 10th January, 2022 will apply.

Hotels and other residential facilities should also be opened up as soon as off-line classes begin.

Short-term courses, trainings, workshops, skill development training programmes etc., should also be allowed in physical mode w.e.f February 7, 2022.

To complete the courses as decided by respective authorities/ regulatory bodies concerned department may notify revised academic year.

Examination:

Examination for classes up to standard 9 and for promotion of students from standard 11 to standard 12 may be done through class assessment. Students may be allowed the option of taking the examination either through offline or online or hybrid mode depending upon the feasibility of the schools.

Examinations for standard 10 and standard 12 will be conducted as per the orders and guidelines of respective boards/ councils/ regulatory authorities.

Examinations in higher education institutions, including technical and professional institutions, may be conducted as per approved guidelines prevailing just before the closure of these institutions on January 10, 2022.

All Covid appropriate protocols may be followed by the educational institutions to the extent possible.

The concerned department shall bring out detailed SOPs to be followed by the educational institutions. The department concerned may facilitate the introduction of bridge courses wherever required to help the students overcome the learning gaps, if any. Further, all efforts should be made by the institutions to assist/ handhold/ counsel the children and their parents to cope with the situation.

It is to be noted here that the schools and colleges were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.

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