Schools reopen today in AP amid fears of 3rd wave

The Andhra Pradesh government has allowed the reopening of schools for intermediate second-year students from today amid fear of the third wave of COVID-19 in the country. The decision to reopen schools was taken after the number of Covid-19 patients was on the downhill from the devastating second wave.

The decision to open the schools in the state was taken last month after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The state government has said that the schools will be reopened on a voluntary basis and all the Covid-19 protocols like wearing of face mask, providing hand sanitiser and social distancing norms should be followed.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy dedicated to the people the government schools refurbished under the first phase of Naadu-Nedu programme and also launched the second phase works today.

Classification of schools into six categories from PP-1 to Class 12 would be undertaken as per the NEP-2020. The existing Anganwadis would be converted into satellite foundation schools, covering each habitation, the CMO release said.

The Chief Minister directed the Education Department officials to clearly spell out to all concerned why they were shifting to the NEP-2020. “Create wide awareness, particularly among parents, on the benefits of NEP-2020. There should be no scope for any doubts or apprehensions,” he said. He said the state government would spend ₹16,000 crore for implementing the NEP-2020. This would rejuvenate the education system, he added. 

Also, the number of active coronavirus cases dwindled by 345 to 17,865 in Andhra Pradesh even as the state reported 1,506 fresh positives and 1,835 recoveries on Sunday. However, it remains to be seen how this move will work out for the state as 

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Tejaswini Pagadala

Communications Consultant: TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.
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