Paray Shikshalay programme kicks off with some private schools on board

Private schools will join the Paray Shikshalay scheme along with Government schools in a step to provide some respite  to the primary and middle school students by giving them an opportunity of face to face interactions with their teachers and friends. The primary students are still reeling under the effects of pandemic as school gates are yet to open for them.
The Paray Shikshalay programme was launched by Education Minister Bratya Basu that aims to bridge the digital divide created by the pandemic and permit primary and middle school students to attend classes out of their mobile phones and four walls of classroom.
St Augustine’s School has circulated a notice saying, “Our school will organise
‘Paraye Shikshalay’ or open-air classes for our pre-primary and primary students.” The classes will start with the primary students from 8.30am to 10.30am on Monday. Principal Rodney Borneo said, “Class will be held on the school ground while maintaining Covid rules. We received several e-mails from parents eager to send children to school.”
Rammohan Mission School has started the program for classes V-VII from Monday. “We have divided classes into two slots — the first is from 8.30am to 10.30am, and the second slot is from 11.30am to 1.30pm”, said Principal Sujoy Biswas
“Parents and students of primary sections are very excited to attend classes, but we got mixed reactions from the students of middle school,” said Ranjan Mitter, Principal of Future Foundation School.
Educational institutions in Bengal were shut for the third time in two years on 2nd January 2022 in wake of the Omicron driven third wave. On 31st January the government announced resumption of in person classes from February 3 for students of classes VIII- XII, and open-air learning till class VII.
Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim himself initiated Paray Shikshalay for elementary school children at Chetla Agrani Club near his residence. Taking to Twitter Hakim wrote- “The most precious thing that #COVID19 took from our children is their precious days at school.
The Paray Shikshalaya initiative by my leader Mamata Banerjee takes a major step towards bringing education of our children back to normalcy.Elementary education will be provided to
students from classes 1 to 5 on open grounds, following all COVID protocols. Mid-day meals will be provided & students will be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities,”.

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