Odisha invites districts to prepare their own tactics as they return to the classroom.

Odisha School and Mass Education department has directed collectors to devise location-specific plans to bring students back to classrooms . Offline classroom instruction in schools across the state resumed this February after a two-year absence due to the pandemic .

With a new survey of the state government revealing that 30% of students have not returned to school, the Odisha School and Mass Education (SME) department has directed collectors to devise location-specific plans to bring students back to classrooms.Offline classroom instruction in schools across the state resumed this February after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, according to Principal Secretary Bishnupada Sethi.It may also happen that students who are not attending offline classes dropped outmoved out with their parents (or) lost interest in academic activities as a result of the non-continuance of the teaching schedule due to the pandemic epidemic and other causes, which need to be investigated.The state government has also asked district collectors to devise a location-specific approach to return children to school.

Junior teachers who are not attending classes will be sent to homes of absentee students to find the reason for their absence from school.Sethi suggested that these junior teachers motivate students and their parents to enroll their children in classes and explain the benefits (of schooling) as well as government initiatives to offer free textbooks, free clothing, MDM (midday meals) and scholarships to students.As a Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) is being developed by the government, the government should ensure that the students are fully engaged.