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Thursday, 31 December 2020

2 weeks on, attendance at govt schools dismal in Jhajjar

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 30

The fear of Covid continues to affect the students' attendance at government schools with merely 34 per cent students in Jhajjar, 39 per cent in Rohtak and 41 per cent in Mahendragarh districts attending the classes even after two weeks of reopening of the schools.

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Braham Prakash, DEO, Jhajjar

Teachers encourage parents to send their wards

Average 34 per cent of students are attending the school in our district. Initially, the strength was 15 per cent but it is gradually improving as the teachers are encouraging the parents to send their wards to the school.

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Physical classes for Class X and XII students are being conducted from December 14 while that for Class IX and XI restarted from December 21 for three hours daily from 10 am to 1 pm. Medical check-up for Covid symptoms of students is made mandatory before joining the school. Even, the written consent of the parents is also needed.

"Average 34 per cent of students are attending the school in our district. Number of students studying in Class X and XII is considerably higher than those of Class IX and XI. A total of 15,950 students are enrolled in all four classes and 5,423 students among them came to the school today," said Braham Prakash, DEO, Jhajjar.

He said initially, the strength was 15 per cent but it was now gradually improving as the teachers were encouraging the parents to send their wards to the school assuring them that the Covid guidelines such as social distancing, thermal scanning and hand sanitisation were being followed to protect them from infection in the school.

"Since many persons have contracted infection from health centres hence we don't want our children to be sent there for medical check-up. Moreover, many school students have also tested positive thus it is better to study at home," said Rajesh, a parent from Jhajjar.

Sources said 46 school students had tested positive in Jhajjar district in the past ten days. Majority of them were asymptomatic and had come to the health centres for medical check-up to attend school.

Anil Kaushik, president, Progressive Private Schools Association, said less than 20 per cent students were coming to private schools across the state as parents were not interested in sending their wards to health centres for medical check-up.

Sunil Dutt, DEO, Mahendragarh, said his district was on the top across the state last week in terms of student strength.



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