Up to 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive in grades 9 and 10 in Andhra Pradesh in the past three days after schools reopened.
School Education Commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the number is not alarming compared to the number of students attending schools, although every effort is being made to ensure that COVID-19 safety records are in place. place in all facilities.
“Yesterday (November 4) about four Lakh students visited the schools. There were 262 positive cases. It is not even 0.1%. It is not correct to say that they were affected by their attendance at school. We make sure each classroom only has 15 or 16 students, “the manager told P T I, adding,” This is not alarming.
According to the department’s statistics, there are 9.75 lakhs of students enrolled in grades 9 and 10 in the state, with 3.93 lakh of 1.11 lakh of teachers teaching more than 99 million schools attended by the Wednesday.
Out of 1.11 lakh teachers, about 160 tested positive, he added.
“The lives of students and teachers are important to us,” he said.
Students’ school attendance was around 40% and parents still feared the killer virus despite strict government measures.
Veerabhadrudu said poor students who cannot pay tuition online are hit the hardest when schools are not open and it is a dilemma for girls in tribal and rural areas as to how parents can indulge boys. when young people no longer go to school.
All public schools and colleges reopened for grades 9, 10, and middle school as of November 2.
Grades 9 and 10 and intermediate years 1 and 2 would only work every other day for half a day.
Grades 6, 7 and 8 would begin on November 23, while grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would begin on December 14, according to an official statement.
All educational institutions have been closed since March when the national closure was announced to curb the spread of COVID-19.