A total of 658 students (332 girls) studying in various schools in the upper regions of Chukha, who were at home in Phuentsholing, were sent to schools on April 3.
Without the quarantine places in Phuentsholing, the students have been sent to two schools, Kamji Central School (CS) and Pakshikha CS for quarantine.
The students were escorted from Phuentsholing on April 3 and they are currently under quarantine facilities in the school facilities.
Of the total students, 252 (from classes PP to eight) were taken to Kamji CS. The remaining 406 (classes nine to 12) have been put into quarantine at Pakshikha CS.
Phuentsholing drungkhag education office arranged the transportation and quarantine facilities.
The drungkhag education officer, Chimi Tshewang said, while many students (classes nine to 12) from the lot were returning to their schools in Chukha, students from Lokchina LSS, Wangdigatshel PS and Rangeytoong PS have graduated from their schools and sent to new schools.
“It was challenging to put them in quarantine facilities in Phuentsholing,” he said. “We got the Taskforce’s approval to put them in school quarantine facilities.”
The students will be tested for Covid-19 on April 9 and sent to their respective schools in the upper regions of Chukha.
Although the classes from PP to eight had started last month, many were left in Phuentsholing, Chimi Tshewang said. Students in classes nine to 12 were doing their exams until recently and their schools had opened only on April 1.
Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing