Jammu schools reopen for Class X, XII students

Jammu, September 20

After remaining closed for months to prevent the spread of Covid, several schools reopened on Monday for students of Classes X and XII across Jammu in accordance with the fresh government guidelines. Officials said the attendance in both private and government schools was low but expected to pick up in the coming days.

All educational institutions, including universities and colleges, were closed for offline classes on April 18 to prevent the spread of Covid. Many higher educational institutions have started functioning for vaccinated students for early this month.

According to the latest guidelines issued by State Executive Committee chairperson and Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Sunday evening, the government allowed schools to reopen for both the classes for in-person teaching with certain conditions, including permission from the deputy commissioner concerned and strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

The classes were permitted with 50% attendance. “The classes will be run after due screening through 100% Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR which will also be subject to consent of parents and students,” the order reads.

Rameshwar Mengi, principal, Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School, said 20% of the nearly 3,000 enrolled students turned up on the first day. Kunal Singh, a Class X student, said he was happy to return to the school after a long gap. — PTI

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