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Andhra Pradesh: Free sanitary napkins to female students in government schools

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On International Women’s Day 2021, the Andhra Pradesh government took an appreciable decision to end all taboos concerning the health and hygiene of the girl child in the state by providing free sanitary napkins to all.

The government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to provide free sanitary napkins to female students in government schools in colleges, above class 7.

Quality sanitary napkins to be available at every government’s YSR Cheyutha store across the state, at affordable prices under this new venture launched by the Andhra Pradesh government to promote the menstrual health of female students.

Promoting menstrual hygiene

The government released a statement that said, “1 lady teacher in every school/college will be tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the storage and distribution processes. She will also be responsible for educating the students about the methods of safe disposal of the used napkins.”

It highlighted that Cervical Cancer, Reproductive Tract Infections, Hepatitis B infection, various types of yeast infections, and Urinary Tract Infections are just a few complications that the lack of access to quality sanitary napkins and so the Government decided to provide basic hygiene kit to economically backward and other sections of the society.

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Check dates of summer vacation for schools issued by Delhi government

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The Delhi government has issued an order to all the schools in the national capital regarding the summer vacations. All the schools in Delhi will be shut down for summer vacations from May 11 to June 30, as per the official order.

Though the schools are set to reopen after June 30, the government order has stated that June 28, 29, and 30 will be working days for teachers. The Autumn Break will be from October 12 to 14, 2021 and the winter vacation will be from January 1 to 15, 2022.

Apart from the announcement of the summer vacations for the academic year 2021-22, government and private schools can observe six holidays, which will include two local and four restricted holidays, the order from Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) said.

The schools in Delhi are currently closed and all the students are attending online classes in view of the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases across the national capital. No dates for the resumption of physical classes have been issued by the government yet.

No physical classes, exams in Delhi

A notification issued by the Directorate of Education in this regard also states, “It is clarified that no student of class 9 to 12 should be physically called to school for exams, practicals or any academic and non-academic activity.”

“During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school-related work (academic, admission, examination, etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time,” the order states.

The government of Delhi commenced the new academic session for all the school students from April 1 and classes are being conducted in online mode for now. The government has further clarified that students of classes 9 to 12 will not be called to schools for classes or exams.

The CBSE board exams 2021 for students of Class 12 have also been postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases across the nation, while the exams for Class 10 students stand cancelled. The Delhi government has also asked schools to halt the conduction of practical exams for now.

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