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COVID-19: Bengal to launch Paray Shikshalaya

Kolkata (West Bengal) : West Bengal government is set to launch an open-air classroom programme Paray Shikshalaya (Neighbourhood Schools) for primary and pre-primary students on February 7, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While speaking to ANI, South 24 Parganas District Magistrate (DM) P Ulaganathan said, "Children, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, are deprived of proper school education. Under project 'Paray Shikshalaya', we have now decided to hold classes in open ground. The para teachers and primary school teachers would be part of the project to provide elementary education to Class 1-5. Project has been approved by the state government." According to the DM, apart from elementary education, students would be encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities like painting. The state government has decided to provide mid-day meals to the students of 'Paray Shikshalaya'. "The make this project successful, the South 24 Parganas District's Information and Culture department is working vigorously", said the DM. Meanwhile, West Bengal resumed offline classes for classes 8-12 on Thursday, after being suspended for a month due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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