Ponda: Classes IX and XI will return to the physical mode from January after schools reopen post the Christmas break, director of education Santosh Amonkar said on Wednesday. Offline classes, however, will not be possible for the primary section this academic year, he said.
Notification on this has not been issued yet and it is not clear whether the decision has the stamp of the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Amonkar said presently offline classes have commenced only for students of X and XII. He, however, said that any decision on students of Classes V to VIII returning to schools will be taken later.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a classroom constructed by MRF at Dhaushirem-Usgao.
Fearing spread of Covid-19 among students, almost all classes were put on online mode since the lifting of lockdown. But since the students of Classes X and XII needs to complete some practicals essential under the school curriculum, they have been so far allowed to switch over to the offline/physical mode. Soon after starting physical classes, there were some incidents of some schools having to stop classes after their teachers tested positive.
Despite this, the education department want to turn the Classes for IX and XII back to the physical mode.
The director said that proper SOPs will be followed at all schools to prevent any infection being spread among the children.