Schools in Patna are all decked up to start a new academic session in the first week of April 2021. The decision to reopen the schools in Patna was taken after suggestions from the Central Board of Secondary Education. However, few schools in the city are awaiting permission from the State Education Department to resume offline classes. Especially with the rising COVID-19 cases, it is crucial to wait and adhere to the state education department’s decision which will be final in this case.
However, most of the city’s prominent schools have announced that they are willing to start the new academic session in the first week of April 2021. They also added that they have conducted the final examination and also have declared the results.
The principal of St. Karen’s Secondary School in Patna, Mary Kutty Thomas, stated that they would allow all the students to attend regular classes with the start of the new academic session. Thomas stated earlier that the schools were conducting online classes for students below standard 9. The exams were ongoing, and as per the COVID-19 guidelines, only 50 percent of students were allowed to attend classes on alternate days. Adding further, Thomas added that the school staff is prepared to enforce all the preventive measures, especially considering the fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.
Ashfaque Iqbal, the Vice Principal of Bishop Scott Boys School, stated that they are hoping for good physical attendance with the start of the new academic session. He added that “parents seem convinced to send their children to school and students have also adapted to the guidelines issued.”