GUWAHATI: As per the latest developments in the Assam education sector, the state government is planning to reopen schools from September 1. This was informed by the Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu on Friday, but he also ascertained that this would only be effective if the COVID-19 situation improves in the state.
Education Minister Ranoj Pegu further implicated that if the decision on reopening of schools gets a go under strict COVID-19 SOP, it will be effective only for classes IX to XII.
"The COVID-19 situation has not improved as expected in Assam, but we had a discussion with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Health Minister Keshav Mahanta regarding the same. The chief minister and health minister said that the classes can be resumed only if we see an improvement in the situation," asserted Ranoj Pegu.
Meanwhile, commenting on HSLC exam results, the education minister asserted, "Most of the parents, students and teachers are satisfied with the marks they have received."
Pegu further reiterated, "For those students dissatisfied with their marks can inform the Authorities by 5th-12th August. For them, Re-Examination will be held."
"Specific SOPs will be issued for resumption of Classes in Colleges for Final Year Students, starting from the same date," Pegu asserted.
It may be mentioned that, earlier on July 5, the Education Department had asked inspectors of schools in all districts to ensure the continuation of online or digital classes for all students. The government had also decided to install mobile towers in different districts to solve the issue of slow internet connectivity which hampers the smooth conduct of online classes.
Evidently, the Health Department is worried about the prolonged second wave of COVID-19 infection in the State. Experts have already warned and predicted about the third wave of COVID-19. Under such circumstances the Education department is making best efforts for reopening of schools and bring normalcy within the student community.