Reopening of the Assam School: Assam wants to reopen the educational institutions from September 1st
GUWAHATI: The Assam government is seeking to reopen educational institutions starting September 1, but this would depend on the decision and guidelines of the center, State Minister of Education and Health Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

He told the media that all school teachers and staff must be tested for coronavirus before August 30.

“In coordination between the Education and Health departments, the mandatory spot checks of teachers and staff will be conducted from August 23-30,” said Sarma. “We would discuss with parents, legal guardians and other stakeholders our preliminary plan to reopen schools. We would make the final decision after we have received the decision and instructions from the Union government.”

The minister said that after the reopening of educational institutions, classes would take place in open spaces including the playground and the school courtyard for students in grades 5 through 8 with a pre-determined routine. Students in grades 9 and 11 would do this, attend classes in their classrooms two days a week, while those studying in grades 10 and 12 would attend classes four days a week. Schools for students up to grade 4 would remain closed until the end of September, he added.

Sarma said that there could be around 15 students in the class at a time. The teaching at the universities would only take place for the students of the last semester, while for the postgraduates the universities concerned would make the decision at will.

“Before the educational institutions open, standard work instructions, decisions and all schedules would be available on the education department’s website and publicly available,” said the minister.

He added that given the Covid-19 pandemic and to reduce student stress, Assam’s Secondary Education Board and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council were asked to either reduce the curriculum or provide maximum options in the questionnaire To consider.

Educational institutions in Assam and other states in the country have been closed since mid-March after the outbreak of the corona virus.

The education minister said the Assam government had decided to form a 40-member committee to propose ways and means to implement the new education policy announced by the center. This committee would have several sub-groups. The state expects to complete a draft by January next year, and the committee will present its report by December this year.

Sarma said that new educational infrastructure would emerge in the villages. “We are also building 119 high schools in the state’s tea plantations. We would try to spend around 1.19 billion rupees on building each school. Assam spends almost 5.8 percent of GDP on education, and around 21,500 billion rupees are spent annually, “Sarma claimed.


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