School admission process to commence today in Andhra Pradesh; academic year likely to begin from September 5

South India

Only parents will be allowed to attend the admission procedures and they have to strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines

Even as Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 cases are nearing one lakh-mark, the state government reportedly plans to reopen the schools for this academic year from September 5, said a news report.

In this regard, the admission procedure will begin from Monday and continue for the next 40 days and only parents will be allowed to attend the admission procedures by strictly adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, reported The New Indian Express.

On Saturday, School Education commissioner Ch Veerabhadrudu had released a calendar of activities to be followed during this academic year with a stress on the measures to be followed on the pandemic.

As part of it, teachers should draft a comprehensive plan for each student and they should be divided into three categories — students having online facilities as hi-tech, those having radio or TV (Doordarshan) as low-tech and those not having computer or mobile phone, radio and TV (Doordarshan) as no-tech.

As per the calendar, the teachers have to prepare special arrangements for the students, who have no devices. Online education is not allowed for pre-primary students and the teachers have been asked to give suggestions to their parents for only 30 minutes a day.

Last week, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had said that though the government set September 5 as the date to reopen schools in the state, the final decision would be taken based on the real-time situation.

He added that till the time the schools reopen, dry rations, in lieu of mid-day meals, would be supplied to students at their homes.

Andhra Pradesh reported 7,627 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 96,298. On Sunday, the state recorded 56 more COVID-19 related deaths, taking the death toll in the state to 1,041.

According to the health department, there are 48,915 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

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