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Panaji : Goa’s renowned Onco-Surgeon, Chief Department of Oncology, Manipal Hospital Dr Shekhar Salkar has suggested that schools could be reopened using hybrid mode of teaching.
“Many students don’t have access to smartphones or have bad network in their area. These students can attend offline physical classes once school reopens and those who have smartphones and good network can attend these classes from home,” said Dr Salkar.
He said Hybrid mode will help students and teachers to follow the SOPs easily as well as maintain social distance. “If the situation permits, gradually physical classes for all students could also be started,” Dr salkar added.
Dr Salkar also informed that in a research COVID antibodies were found in 66.40% children in age group of 5-17; Paediatric sero survey conducted IDSP cell of health services, samples of 500 children drawn from different centres of Goa of which showed 66.40% children have developed antibodies.
Dr Salkar said this is good news because the impact of the third wave of Covid 19 will not be as severe as contemplated because children have already developed antibodies.
He has also opined that continuous online classes will have a toll on the mental health of the children as well as parents. Decision regarding the commencement of offline physical classes will be taken after Ganesh Chaturthi break.