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Rajasthan: Education Department’s Sports Event Amid Covid-19 Sparks Controversy | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: The National Education Department will organize a district-level sports competition from October 20. At a time when all cultural events and group activities, including sports, are prohibited in school premises due to the pandemic, the department has announced its intention to organize the competition.
Pupils in classes VI to XII will be able to participate in the competition.
There are a dozen sports including tennis, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, cricket, which will be part of the event.
During the pandemic, when schools were opened after extensive discussions with education experts, such a contest raised eyebrows in many.
Ram Chandra Pilaniya, District Education Officer in Jaipur, said: “We will organize the sporting event in accordance with the Covid protocol established by the government and will not allow gatherings or crowds under any circumstances. It will be a safe event.
In accordance with Covid guidelines issued before the schools reopened, the government specifically mentioned that students will have lunch in classrooms, no prayers, sporting or cultural events will be allowed on campus.
Students will be seated at a distance from each other with only 50% of students allowed at a time.
Damodar Goyal, president of the Society for Unaided Private Schools, said: “We have not been allowed to open playgrounds since the start of the pandemic. We cannot organize any sporting activity or cultural event. I agree that now the danger is over, so the government should allow us to play sports in schools too. ”
More than 10 lakh students are currently studying in the schools.
Without any clarification as to whether the third wave will hit, parents also expressed concern about the danger inherent in hosting such an event at this time.