56 Students Test Positive In Leh, Schools Closed

SRINAGAR: In an alarming situation, 56 students in Druk Padma Karpo School in Leh district in the Union Territory of Ladakh which is popularly known as Rancho School, tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the district administration Leh to order the closure of all schools in the district for 15 days.

Quoting health officials Daily Excelsior reported that 56 students in Druk Padma Karpo School, which had shot into fame following shooting of Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ have tested positive for COVID-19.

They have been isolated and quarantined.

Soon after getting the report, the district administration Leh ordered closure of all schools in Leh district for 15 days and directed that Online classes should be encouraged.

Meanwhile, one person died of COVID-19 and 133 others tested positive in Kashmir division while 22 fresh cases were registered in Jammu region.

Among 22 new cases in Jammu, 12 were recorded in Doda, five Jammu, three Ramban and two in Rajouri district. Six others districts in the region didn’t report any fresh cases today.

As against 22 new cases, 34 persons recovered from the virus.

Jammu region’s Corona count now stood at 1,23,442. Among them 1,21,032 have recovered from the virus and there have been 241 active positive cases and 2169 casualties.

Meanwhile, Kashmir today reported 133 fresh cases of COVID-19.

One person died of COVID-19 in Kashmir taking the death toll in J&K to 4416 including 2247 in Kashmir.

Srinagar reported 96 cases, Baramulla 8, Budgam 8, Pulwama 3, Kupwara 6, Anantnag 1, Bandipora 3, Ganderbal 7 and Shopian 1.

The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 204,179 including 200,733 recoveries and 2,247 deaths.

The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,440 including 1,199 from Kashmir division.

With 135 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 321,765 which is 98.22 percent of the total cases.

Meanwhile, School Education Department has permitted the schools to conduct offline Pre-Board examinations for classes 10th and 12th, session 2020-21in the winter zone schools.

An order in this regard was issued today, according to which Head of schools are permitted to conduct offline Pre-Board exams for class 10th & 12th, session 2020-21 while for in-person teaching of students, the earlier Government order shall be followed in letter and spirit by concerned Head of Schools.

As per Government order number 67-JK(DMRRR) of 2021, dated 12-09-2021, limited in-person teaching of vaccinated students of 10th and 12th class, not exceeding 50 percent of any given day, shall be permitted by the concerned Deputy Commissioners while ensuring that Covid protocols are strictly followed. Except this relaxation, the schools shall continue to remain closed for on-site/in-person teaching.

The department has also clarified that in the case of class Ist to 5th, online synchronous learning be undertaken for three sessions of 30-45 minutes of each school day while in case of 6th to 8th, online learning shall be for four sessions on each school day.

In case of Class 9th to 12th, online learning should undertaken for not more than five sessions of 30-45 minutes on each school day.

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