GUWAHATI: A fairly low presence was witnessed in the schools of Assam as classes for students of ninth to 12 th standard opened on Monday after six months of closure due to the Covid 19 situation in the state.
The state education department had ordered to reopen classes for these students in a bid to provide the much-needed relief to the students as well as the teachers stuck at home. The state’s education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that students’ parents have to give consent of sending their children to the classes.
A teacher at a city-based school said, “There were hardly students today. Some 20-25 students reached in the school but some of them failed to submit the No Objection Certificate (NOC) signed by their parents. Only one or two classes were taken.”
According to the government directives, for the first 15 days starting on Monday, students of classes 9 to 12 were allowed to attend their respective schools. “Maximum 20 students from each class are allowed to attend in two batches- the first shift starts from 9 am to 12 noon and the second shift is from 1 pm to 4 pm. Only 50 percent of teachers were allowed to take classes,” the SOP issued on Wednesday said.
While all government schools have been asked to start functioning, private school authorities have been asked to take a call on their own.