Random testing at schools in Punjab: Minister

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Random testing at schools in Punjab: Minister

Random testing at schools in Punjab: Minister

With Punjab Government deciding to reopen schools for all classes from August 2 onwards, the institutions will hold physical classes right from pre-primary to senior secondary level. The timings will remain the same i.e. from 8 am to 2 pm and parents will have to provide written consent before sending their wards to schools.

Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said random testing would be conducted in schools with the ratio of 100:1 students and the Secretary, School Education, would review the situation on a weekly basis.

He said the reopening of schools would play an important role in assessing the learning of students during the pandemic as teachers were only able to contact students through virtual classes. After the assessment of students, teachers would focus on fields that required specific attention.

School managements were ensuring proper cleaning of premises and classrooms and adherence to the Covid-19 safety norms as per the guidelines of Government of India and Punjab Government from time to time. Detailed guidelines in this regard were being issued to all district education officers, which have been circulated to all schools.

The minister directed the district education officers to ensure both doses of Covid vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools before allowing them to conduct physical classes. He also asked them to ensure availability of vaccine for school staff on a priority basis in liaison with respective district administration.

Random testing at schools in Punjab: Minister

Concerns raised over reopening

The Aam Aadmi Party has appealed to CM Capt Amarinder Singh to clarify the situation over the concerns raised over the decision to reopen all government and private schools in the state
Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema asked the state government that on the basis of which report of experts did the government take the big decision of reopening schools for 60.5 lakh children in the state

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