DHARWAD, December 24: The classes for SSLC and PUC will begin on January 1 as per government orders, but attendance will not be compulsory, Dr B Susheela, Dharwad zilla panchayat chief executive officer has said.
She was speaking chairing the district-level meeting of the Department of Public Instruction at the Zilla Panchayat meeting hall on Wednesday.
“Government aided and unaided schools and colleges will be reopened across the state on January 1. The classes will be restarted in Dharwad as well. Students, however, are not compelled to attend the classes, but those interested in attending classes will have to get letters from their parents giving permission to their children to attend the classes,” she said.
The students would not be provided midday meals and students may bring their lunch from home. Ration will, however, be given to the students, she added.
“Classes will begin on January 1 from students from Class 6 to 9 too. The SOP will have to be followed compulsorily. Groups of 15 students will be formed and each group will be conducted once in two days. One classroom in every school and college will be used as an isolation chamber in case of a student requiring emergency treatment or rest,” the officer explained.
Susheela said that teachers will be made to undergo RT-PCR test. “Teachers in all government schools and colleges, the principals and the SDMC heads have been instructed to clean and sanitise their respective schools and colleges. All precautions will be taken and the parents need not fear sending their children to the classes. Teachers themselves may conduct the classes without worry,” she assured.
Mohan Kumar, deputy director of public instruction, and all block education officers were present at the meeting.