Uniforms No Longer Required for Online Courses | Ranchi News

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Ranchi: The state’s education department has decided to remove the mandatory uniform rule from online classes it provides to public school students. Students will also not be expelled if they come to their schools without uniforms to collect dry rations or deposit fees.
The move comes in the wake of problems faced by students as clothing stores were closed and their parents faced financial problems due to lockdowns induced by Covid.
Currently, the department runs online courses through various applications such as YouTube. However, student attendance in these classes is low.
Speaking on the matter, Jharkhand Project Education Council director Shailesh Chaurasia said, “Even though we encourage student dress, there is no constraint. Our fundamental goal is that as many students as possible participate in online courses.
Online Class Coordinator Kumari Deepa, Ranchi District School, said, “Students are encouraged to join classrooms with their study materials, including books, notebooks and papers. pens. They are expected to look tidy, but there is no warning if they are not wearing school uniform.
She informed that due to various issues including poor connectivity and lack of gadgets, student participation in online courses has been reduced to 10% or 15%.
A senior school official said that with fabric stores shutting down for months due to the restrictions, students would have struggled to get new school uniforms if they were compulsory.
Bariyatu Government Girls’ High School principal Rita Kumari said that although the dress code is not enforced, students show up to online classes in clean clothes. She pointed out that it is difficult to monitor each student as most of them put their devices on mute. Students only turn on the sound of devices when they need to ask questions or give answers.
It can be said here that the state government provides a set of uniforms for all students from class I to class VIII while female students get it up to class XII. Many parents have also said their children have outgrown their uniforms after more than a year of lockdown.


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