Hyderabad: The Telangana School Education Department on Tuesday asked the teachers to attend schools for half-day (8 am to 12:30 pm) from 7 April (Wednesday).

The decision was taken after education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy convened a meeting with MLC (teachers constituency) and teachers' unions and decided that all the teachers under all types of management including government-aided and private management shall attend the schools for half day with effect from 7 April.

Sabitha on 23 March announced that all educational institutions including residentials, except for medical colleges, will be remain closed temporarily from 24 March onwards, while continuing with online classes. "This decision was taken in view of the spread of COVID-19 and at the request of parents," the minister had said.

The decision was taken after the state saw a spurt in COVID-19 cases across various educational institutions. The residential schools in the district of Medchal-Malkajgiri, Kamareddy, Nirmal and Mancherial had reported a spurt in COVID-19 cases earlier.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 1,498 new COVID-19 cases on Monday taking the overall tally to 3,14,735 in the state. The state reported six deaths on 5 April taking the total death toll to 1,729. The fatality rate in the state is at 0.54 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.3 per cent.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Monday reported 313 new cases. The neighbouring Rangareddy district reported 128 new cases. Medchal-Malkajgiri district reported 142 and Sangareddy 29 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Monday reported 142 new cases while Nirmal reported 85 cases and Jagtial reported 60 cases.

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