Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], October 26 (ANI): Odisha government on Monday resumed the physical classes of standard 8th students, after 18 months gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students were excited and overjoyed with the resumption of physical classes as they will be able to interact without complexities involved with the internet connection.
"The students are very happy. Out of 400 students of class 8th, around 250 students have joined the normal classes today," said a school teacher in Bhubaneswar.
"I am very excited to sit in the classroom after a gap of a year. We used to attend online classes, but from today will continue our physical classes. I have met with my old friends and also made new friends today," a student said.
"The guidelines that have been issued for classes 9th, 10th and 12th, the same guideline and the protocols would be adhered by the schools after the classes for 8 and 11 reopen," said the School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash earlier in October.
Classroom teaching for students of classes 9 and 12 have already been resumed in the State with strict adherence to health safety guidelines.
Prior to the reopening of the schools for classes 10 and 12, the government has decided to vaccinate all teachers against COVID-19 on priority and district education officers have been instructed to ensure that COVID guidelines are followed. (ANI)