All the speculations came true after Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh government took a call to reopen the schools despite repeated red flags from health experts and parents across the state.
While the state government has already announced that all schools can start conducting classes to 6, 7, 8 standards from November 23rd, crucial changes were made on Saturday.
In the line of the recent press statement released by the state education department, classes for only 8th standard will commence from 23rd. It can be noted that amidst the corona scare and uncertainty amongst the school authorities and parents, higher classes students of 9th and 10th were scheduled classes form November 2nd.
As per the guidelines issued, students of classes 9 to 12 were allowed for the classes held in shifts all necessary protocols including social distancing and proper sanitisation of premises.
However, tension ran high in districts like Chittoor, Kurnool and Krishna with hundreds of teachers and students testing positive with less than three days after the schools reopened.
To recollect, At least 575 students and 829 teachers tested positive for COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh after the state government reopened schools from November 2 for classes 9, 10 and intermediate.
Things turned difficult for teachers as several students were attending the school without facemasks and sanitisers. Moreover, students and teachers are reportedly finding it very difficult to wear a mask continuously for more than an hour in the classroom.