Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said education institutions will reopen from November 2 with strict compliance with COVID protocols.
Educational institutions remained close since the lockdown was announced in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday in Guwahati, Sarma informed that education institutions will reopen for students from class six to the postgraduate level with certain restrictions.
He said that schools will however remain closed for students up to class five.The minister informed that private schools and coaching centres can reopen from November 2 and must follow the COVID regulations.
“Each of them will have to remain in contact with the health department and periodic testing will be conducted in these institutes. The government has no objection if the private schools want to continue with online classes,” Sarma added.
The ”Unlock 5” guidelines of the ministry of home affairs have allowed the schools to reopen across the country after October 15 in a graded manner. The decision will, however, be taken by the state governments and the administration of the Union territories.
Sarma said joining the school will be a voluntary exercise on the part of the students. Their guardians will decide on sending them to school or not, and the necessary attendance required will not be applicable this year, he said.
The Minister, however, said the Assam government will not issue any directive regarding the restarting of classes at the postgraduate level. The concerned university executive council will decide on it.
The education minister further added that all government polytechnics and engineering institutions will have “normal face-to-face classes from November 2 but hostels will not reopen”.