According to an initial plan, the schools will remain closed for students up to Grade IV. Classes to be held in playgrounds, open spaces and courtyards for class V to VIII.
Dispur: The State government of Assam is thinking deeply to reopen schools and colleges across the state from September 1 said the state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday. However, the decision is not yet final and will depend on the directives of the Centre. While addressing a press conference Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We have drawn up a preliminary plan for reopening schools but its is still open for further discussion with parents and other stakeholders and will be implemented only in accordance to the directives of the Union Government.”
“If the educational institutions are to reopen on September 1, then all teachers and employees of the school will have to get themselves tested. The education and health departments will coordinate the efforts for the tests that will be conducted from August 23 -30,” he added.
Giving highlights of the plan, the minister said, “ As per the preliminary plan the schools wil remain closed for students up to grade IV till September-end. Classes will be held in open spaces such as playgrounds or courtyards of the school for the students of Classes 5 -8.”
Each class will be divided into groups of 15 students only. Students of classes 9 and11 will attend classes in their classrooms for two days in a week. Those in class 10 and 12 will attend classes four days a week. Not more than 3 hours will be allowed for teaching in classes.
“Efforts will be made to ensure maximum social distancing with schools initiating shift systems with a particular class coming at an allotted time of the day,” he remarked.
For the Higher Educational Institutes, the minister said, “Classes will be held for the final year students only in UG; for PG, the universities can take the decision.”