Delhi Government Schools Distributing Books for New Session
The government schools of Delhi have started distributing books for the next session, even though students are not expected to attend classes in the near future. This step was taken on Thursday as schools began to think of ways to follow safety protocols during the pandemic, such as bundling books in advance and calling parents in groups of 10 to 20.
In accordance with the Right to Education Act, books are being distributed to the students of classes between Nursery and class 8. At the senior secondary level, the government is transferring money to every student’s account.
The Principal of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, A K Jha, has asked teachers to bundle books in advance. “Parents then don’t have to move around. They just come to school, go to a point and collect the books,” he said.
To avoid crowding, the school has prepared a schedule. “Parents and students are coming in groups of 10. To minimize contact, they are also not asked to sign the register. The teacher just maintains a chart,” he added.
A school in RK Puram is being sanitized every time a distribution session ends. “We are also maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres,” he said. “When parents and students enter the school, we sanitize them. Then they stand in circles drawn to maintain social distancing.” For each class, which consists of 40 students, two teachers are called. A distribution session takes two hours.
Some schools have asked parents to come without their children. “In the message sent to them, we have also asked them to wear a mask and gloves. As the majority of our children are from the neighbourhood, most parents can just walk to the school,” the Principal of a Vasant Kunj school said.