GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - At a time when the Education department is preparing to resume the academic activities in colleges of Assam, the health department continues to run COVID care and testing centres at several colleges across the State.
In such a situation, the college teachers in the State are now in a confused state of mind and remain clueless on how to resume the academic activities in their respective institutions.
Tulsi Das, a teacher of history at Moran College and the Assam College Teachers� Association�s former general secretary and present adviser, informed that around 200 college buildings across the State are being used as COVID care or testing centres by the health department.
�Though the government is planning to resume the academic activities in colleges, no steps have been taken regarding the safety of the teachers and other staff. So in such a situation, it has become a complex issue for us,� Das said.
Meanwhile, Das also pointed out that amid the lockdown, most of the students in rural areas have failed to attend online classes due to various issues, including poor mobile network and financial hardships.
Reacting to the issue, a senior official of the Education department informed that the state government is planning to shift all COVID care or testing centres from the colleges of Assam.
To get the COVID care centre removed from a college, the officials further stated that the college authority should write to the Higher Education department about it and then the department would take further steps regarding the specific institution.
Moreover, teachers having health issues, including pregnant teachers, would get relaxation as per earlier rules of the government, informed the officials.