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Schools, colleges in Assam may open starting September 1

On Saturday, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Education Minister has stated that the government of Assam has made preliminary plans for reopening of education institutions on September 1. The final decision on this plan will depend on the directives of the Centre. After their approval only any decision will be implemented. While addressing a press conference he stated that all the guidelines will be followed, the students and teachers need to get themselves tested with the help of coordination between the Education and Health department from August 23-30.

Sarma stated that a preliminary plan has been made for reopening of schools but there are still chances that we can head on to a discussion with parents as well as stakeholders and will only be implemented after it gets a green signal from the directives of Union government.

He said that schools will remain closed till September end for all the students till class 4. He also added on to it that for students from class 5-8, classes will be conducted in open spaces such as playground or courtyard. There will be a divison of classes into section of 15 students who will be allowed to attend class at a time.

With 15 students being present at a single time, students of standard 9 and 11 will attend their classes in their respective classroom with 15 students at a time. Students in standard 10 and 12 will have classes four days in a week.

The minister said that with the presence of 15 students classes will be held only for three hours. He said that efforts will be made so that proper social distancing is followed with the shift system in use.

Sarma said that all the proposals can be seen on the official website of the Department and people are free to give their suggestions till August 20.

He also said that steps would be taken on the suggestions.

Adding on to more information, the minister further stated that the Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) as well as  Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) have also been asked to look into the reduction of syllabus or providing students with maximum option so that they can clear it without difficulty.

Because of the COVID-19, in Assam educational institutions are closed since March 20.

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