Bhubaneswar, April 16: With the spike in cases, Odisha government has issued fresh Covid guidelines for educational Institutions and coaching centres in the state.
Covid guidelines for educational Institutions, night curfew in state
Odisha government on Thursday issued fresh Covid-19 guidelines for educational institutions to ensure strict implementation of coronavirus safety protocols in view of a fresh spike in the number of cases in the state. The decision has been taken and new guidelines have been formed regarding educational Institutions and coaching centres across Odisha.
The sudden rise of covid cases in Odisha has forced the government to announce night curfew in the state followed by weekend shutdown in some parts especially that of bordering Chhattisgarh.
Covid guidelines for educational Institutions, schools closed too
All schools under the supervision of Government of Odisha, shall remain closed with effect from 19.04.2021 until further orders. Now, the Naveen Patnaik government has also issued fresh Covid guidelines for educational institutions and coaching centres given the exponential rise in cases.
School and mass education
Online classes may be conducted wherever possible. All hostels shall also remain closed with effect from 19.04.2021 and students shall be allowed to stay in hostel under any circumstances.
Physical, theory and practical classes and examinations in all higher educational institutions under the control or superintendence or supervision of Government of Odisha, shall remain closed with effect from 19.04.2021. All such institutions shall take online classes in order to complete the syllabus in time.
All technical and professional institutions under the jurisdiction of Skill Development and Technical Education Department, including the ITIs and Polytechnics or Diploma Colleges or Technical Colleges and Universities, shall be closed with effect from 19.04.2021 and the classes for all courses shall be conducted online.
All ongoing offline Diploma examinations, which shall be concluded on 26th April shall be allowed to continue as per programme by complying to Covid appropriate behavior. All Hostels/Residential Accommodations of Technical Educational Institutions shall remain closed from 19.04.2021. However, scholars, researchers and students who desire to stay in hostel for research/ project works or other academic activities may be permitted for the same upon giving undertaking and subject to approval by appropriate authorities of the concerned institutions.
The Authorities of Schools, Colleges, Higher, Technical Educational Institutions shall take all appropriate measures for conducting classes through online mode to complete the syllabus.
Guidelines for teachers
Teaching and non- teaching employees of Schools, Higher, Technical Educational Institutions shall work as per prevailing guidelines for government servants and perform duty such as taking online classes, academic, semi academic and administrative functions etc. as assigned to them by the authorities.
Coaching institutions, organizations and individuals offering coaching services to students shall not run offline or physical coaching from 17.04.2021. However, virtual or online coaching shall be permitted to continue.
In the last few months, the globe has been overwhelmed by the pandemic coronavirus as the number of increasing documented cases, and death rates have continued to be reported. It has resulted in urgent calling off classroom teaching and educational institutions.
The unexpected transition from classroom teaching to online education is a challenge both for faculties and learners, and a great deal of preparation and effort is needed in a short time. However, till the Covid-19 ceases to exist, this seems to be the only logical solution.