Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday that educational institutions in Assam, which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown in March, will be opened from November 2. He said that the educational institute will be reopened for students from class 6 to postgraduate level. However, schools will be closed for students up to class five. Private schools and coaching centers can reopen from November 2 and COVID rules must be followed.

Sarma said that each of them will have to keep in touch with the health department and tests will be done in these institutions from time to time. The government has no objection if we want to continue the private school with online classes. He said that his parents will decide to send him to school or not and this year there will not be necessary attendance.

The ‘Unlock 5’ guidelines of the Home Ministry have allowed schools to reopen in a systematic way after 15 October. However, the decision will be taken by the State Governments and the Union Territory Administration. Sarma said that the Assam government will not issue any instructions about the resumption of classes at postgraduate level. The university executive council concerned will decide on it and follow the rules. The education minister said that all government polytechnics and engineering institutes will open from November 2, but hostels will not open yet.

He said that those who are unable to attend classes due to lack of hostel facilities can continue with online classes. Graduation classes will also start from 2 November with each section having more than 25 students. If classes are held in the hall, the number of students can increase proportionally.

For the first semester students, classes will be held twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, the third on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the fifth on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Classes will be held in two batches in the morning and afternoon.

The results of the second and final semester are yet to be announced. Since the hostels will remain closed, the graduate students will be allowed to enroll temporarily for one month in their respective hometowns and colleges. He said that a decision will be taken on December 1 to reopen the hostel.

At the school level, classes will be conducted in two batches – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and the next afternoon from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm there will be no more than 25 students in each batch.

Sarma said, ‘Exams will be conducted only for class eight, which will be conducted by schools, while board exams will be conducted in class 10th and 12th, students of other classes will be promoted to the next higher class without any exams, ‘

Let me tell you, the syllabus will be reduced by the Education, Research and Training Council of the state and this notice will be issued within 15 days.

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