GUWAHATI: Assam has decided to reopen the educational institutes of the state from November 2. The educational institutes have remained closed since the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March owing to Covid 19 situation.
Though the state government has issued strict guidelines for reopening of all the schools, colleges and technical institutes; the universities in the state were allowed to decide their own.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday announcing the reopening of the schools said that classes up to Vth standard will continue to remain closed.
“All government and private schools were asked not to reopen classes up to fifth standards. For students from the sixth standard, classes will be held maintaining Covid 19 protocols,” the minister said.
All the students except those of class VIII, X and XII will have to sit for exams. “Rest of the students will be promoted. Students from only of the three classes will sit for exams based on a reduced syllabus,” he added.
Sarma added that for colleges and technical institutes too, classes will reopen on November 2 in a normal manner. However, the hostels of the institutes will remain closed until December.
“Since many students stay in hostels, they can avail online classes. Besides they can also enrol themselves temporarily in their local colleges for regular classes till the hostels are reopened,” Sarma added.
However, college authorities have to ensure that a maximum of 25 numbers of students will be allowed to sit in a standard classroom.