Guwahati: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday announced the closure of classes from VI to VIII standard (both government and private) in the districts where active Covid cases have crossed the 100 mark on a particular day.
Previously, the state government of Assam has authorized all the district administrations to declare a shutdown in all Lower Primary Schools, pre-primary, up to class 5 (both government and private) due to the spike in Covid cases.
Speaking to the media at Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Except in 9 districts namely Chirang, Biswanath, Baksa, Majuli, Dima Hasao, Charaideo, Hailakandi, South Salmara and West Karbi Anglong, the classes from VI to VIII in all the districts shall remain closed with immediate effect.”
However, the classes from IX, X up to college-level shall operate on a 50-50 basis, Himanta stated.
Also, taking to his official Twitter handle, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “DCs of districts, where active #COVID19 cases cross 100 on a particular day, have been authorised to suspend physical classroom assembly of students of Class VI to VIII in pvt & public schools. Online classes to be made available.”
So far there has been no update regarding the postponing or cancellation of the HSLC and HS/AHM examinations 2021.
Earlier on April 22, in continuation to an earlier notice in districts having over 100 COVID cases, the secondary education department had issued additional guidelines.
As per the notification, upper primary classes to university level including coaching institutes have been directed to run with 50% capacity.
Online classes have been made mandatory for students wherever necessary.
Also, woman teaching / non-teaching staff that are pregnant or have children of 5 years or below shall be exempted from attending schools/coaching.