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829 teachers, 575 students test COVID-19 positive after schools reopen in Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati-  At least 829 teachers  and 575 students tested positive for COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh after the state government reopened schools from November 2 for classes IX, X and intermediate.

As per the Andhra Pradesh education department’s data,  there are 9.75 lakh students registered for Class IX and X in the state out of which 3.93 lakh attended, out of 1.11 lakh teachers, over 99,000 thousand attended the educational institutions on Wednesday.

Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure is not alarming when compared to the number of students attending the schools. He further assured that every care is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in every institution.

Speaking to PTI,  Veerabhadrudu said,  ” On November 04 around four lakh students attended schools. There were 262 positive cases. It is not even 0.1 per cent. It is not correct to say that they were affected due to their attendance to schools. We ensure that each school room has only 15 or 16 students.”

He added, “Lives of both students and teachers are important for us.” According to Veerabhadrudu, the attendance of students to schools was hovering about 40 per cent as parents are still apprehensive of the killer virus despite tight measures being taken by the government.

As per the new guidelines by Andhra Pradesh government on school reopening, classes 9 and 10 and Intermediate first and second year would function on alternate days only for half-a-day.
Classes 6, 7 and 8 would begin on November 23 while classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would start from December 14, an official statement said earlier.

All the educational institutions have remained closed since March when the national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 was announced.

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