No closure of govt schools for Class 9 and 11: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Amid the rise of Covid-19 positive cases in the educational institutions in Odisha, the state government on Monday said schools will not be closed for the students of Class 9 and 11.

“Only the students of private educational institutions who have come to the state from outside hotspot destinations have been infected with the virus. No one from government schools or hotels in Odisha has tested positive for Covid-19 yet. Therefore, the decision regarding closing the schools have not been taken yet,” said School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash.

He said government-aided schools are conducting classes by following all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The students of Class 9 and 11 will be attending their practice tests from March 30, added the Minister.