Mysuru: Teachers to take Covid test once every 20 days | Mysuru News – Times of India
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MYSURU: More than 20,000 teachers in Mysuru district will undergo a Covid-19 test once every 20 days, officials said as they prepared to restart on-campus classes for SSLC and PU students and Vidyagama sessions for some other grades.
RT-PCR tests are mandatory for teachers and other staff involved in grades 6 to 10 before the January 1 school reopening. In the past two days, officials have collected 14,300 swab samples at testing camps in the district. Another round of sample collection will take place on Thursday.
District health officer (incharge) Chidambar told TOI that teachers had responded well to the testing requirement and reports would arrive by Thursday evening. Not many students are turning up to give samples as Covid-19 tests are not mandatory for them.
There are 41,000 SSLC students and 35,000 PU students in Mysuru district. More than 2 lakh students are enrolled in classes 6 to 10 at 2,290 schools (government, aided and unaided).
Deputy director of public instruction Panduranga told TOI that his department had made all preparations to reopen school and it was awaiting test reports. “Teachers who test negative will be allowed to conduct classes at school,” he added.
All schools and colleges have been directed to strictly follow health-safety guidelines.
Some teachers in Mysuru said that they had been under pressure because of various Covid-related requirements. “The government has made it mandatory for teachers to undergo an RT-PCR test once every day 20 days. This is going to be a headache,” said a teacher from an aided school.
(With inputs from S Ramesh)