Panaji: The department of education (DoE) on Wednesday stated that schools, which have identified either their staff members including teachers or students infected with the coronavirus should take their own decisions as regards the shutdown.
The DoE reaction comes after teachers of two schools each– Sarvodaya High School and Higher Secondary School, Usgao and Mushtifund High School and Higher Secondary School, Cujira – were tested COVID-19 positive.
Meanwhile, refuting speculations of reopening of in-person learning of classes for standard IX and XI, chief minister Pramod Sawant that the government has not given any clearance to start classes yet.
The management of the Usgao-based school decided to suspend SSC as well as HSSC classes for a week as a precautionary measure. It has also advised other staff members who had come in contact with the infected
“Mushtifund High School and Higher Secondary School, Cujira remained closed today as a teacher is found COVID-19 positive. In order to have proper sanitisation for the entire premises from tomorrow, the school will remain closed up to Saturday, December 12 and will be reopened on Monday, December 14. However, teachers are instructed to take online classes as before, during these holidays,” manager of the Mushtifund institution Dilip Dharwadkar stated in a press note.
Taking cognisance of the scenario, National Students Union of India (NSUI), Goa had met the director of education over the issue of COVID-19 cases found in the Goan schools and demanded that the schools be shut down immediately.
It may be recalled that the department of education had allowed the schools to conduct SSC and HSSC classes from November 21, especially to hold the practical classes in view of the final examinations of these classes to be conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, during the summer of 2021.