Ready to deal with situation if Covid cases rise: DSEK

Srinagar: The Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Tassaduq Hussain Mir on Monday said that the department is ready to deal with Covid-19 like situation if the cases increase.

According to a local news gathering agency, Mir said, “If in case the Covid-19 cases increase, we will try to bring only 50 percent of the students. As of now, there is no such situation.”

“In the past two years, we have gained an experience as to how we can deal with the Covid-19 like situation,” he said.

DSEK said that it has made all arrangements in this regard in the government schools.

“We have also increased the seating capacity, social distancing is being monitored. All things are in place,” he said.

On asking about the new entrants in government schools, Mir said, “We cannot say that there is a 100 percent student enrolment in government schools because private schools are also doing a good job. We are also doing our work religiously.”

“Out thought is that no student is out of school and in this regard, we have enrolled those students in government schools that were out of school and the students who couldn’t pay the tuition fee during the Covid-19 period,” he said.

DSEK further said that in the previous academic year, there was an increase in new admission by 19 percent in government schools wherein the department brought over 1,18,000 such students who weren’t able to pay the fee in private schools.

“Besides, the department also enrolled the Children with Special Needs”

Mir said, “We are trying to ensure that every child should be in the schools.”

Speaking about the New Education Policy, DSEK said, “The endeavor of New Education Policy is to be prepared for every challenge we may face in the next 30-40 years.”

“One of the major things in the NEP is the change in the evaluation system. Besides, it focuses on early childhood, vocational education, inclusive education and the NEP is also focused on child friendly education. We are on it. Targets have also been set and soon we will be implementing it,” he said. (KNO)

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