Rajasthan education department to let schools decide on student strength for offline classes: Report

Rajasthan government had allowed academic activities in universities, colleges, schools and coaching institutes with 100 percent capacity.

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Vagisha Kaushik | Nov 22, 2021 - 3:58 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Rajasthan education department is considering allowing schools to decide on calling students for physical classes with COVID-19 protocols, the Times of India reported.

The state is witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases amongst the school students which has resulted in panic amongst both parents and students. The officials at the school directorate in Bikaner told TOI that alternate classes since October were doing fine for both parents and students.

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"Overcrowding is a major problem in schools, which was understood after the COVID-19 outbreak. The normal strength of students ranges between 40-60 students in a room, where they end up sitting almost next to each other,” an official was quoted as saying by TOI based on feedback received from schools.

In such a situation, social distancing is not possible in all those schools whose strength is above 30 in each class, the official added, as per the report.

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The official gave a hint that the department is likely to leave it to schools to decide the strength of students according to the size of their classes, the report added.

Another official told TOI that everyone is completely aware of the COVID-19 protocols and while the government can provide guidelines on conducting offline classes, the schools and parents will have to examine the situation according to the school’s infrastructure.

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The schools in Rajasthan remained closed from October 29 to November 7 due to Diwali break.

On November 9, the Rajasthan government had given permission to conduct academic activities in universities, colleges, schools and coaching institutes with 100 per cent capacity in view of decline in Covid cases.

The regular classes for students of 6 to 8 resumed from September 20 in government and private schools with 50 per cent capacity. School activity for Class 1 to 5 resumed from September 27 with 50 percent capacity. The state government had already started classes for students of 9 to 12 from September 1.


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