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State govt SOP soon for reopening schools

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GUWAHATI, June 12 - Around 1,305 educational institutions in the State have been requisitioned by the district administrations for converting them into quarantine centres, according to records with the education department.

While there is no clarity as to when these institutions will be handed over back to their managements, the State government will come up with a standard operating procedure (SOP) by next week laying the guidelines to be followed when they reopen.

Official sources said the Union HRD ministry had sought suggestions from all State governments before a Central SOP is formulated for reopening the educational institutions.

�In Assam, SEBA, the education department and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan are preparing separate SOPs which will be later put together and one SOP framed,� they said.

The State government intends to resume classes for X and XII at the first phase.

The education department is considering various options like staggered timings with either 33 per cent or 50 per cent students.

�One suggestion is that 33 per cent or 50 per cent of the students will have classes from 8 am to 11 am, the remaining in other shifts. We are also working on a guideline for sanitizing the institutions regularly, closing the nearby shops to prevent gatherings, etc.,� the officials said.

The government is also planning to open bank accounts for every student which would be helpful in future if there are plans to disburse financial benefits. �We are also contemplating on providing some health insurance cover. However, the guidelines await the minister�s approval,� they said.

Asked about the possible dates of reopening the schools and colleges, the officials said, �The situation in Assam now is much different from what it was a month back. The situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19 is likely to continue. So it might take some time. Even if educational institutions reopen while adhering to certain guidelines and in phases, online classes will continue.�

The educational institutions in the State are closed since mid-March. The government had launched a few online platforms and TV channels for imparting education during the closure period.

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State govt SOP soon for reopening schools

GUWAHATI, June 12 - Around 1,305 educational institutions in the State have been requisitioned by the district administrations for converting them into quarantine centres, according to records with the education department.

While there is no clarity as to when these institutions will be handed over back to their managements, the State government will come up with a standard operating procedure (SOP) by next week laying the guidelines to be followed when they reopen.

Official sources said the Union HRD ministry had sought suggestions from all State governments before a Central SOP is formulated for reopening the educational institutions.

�In Assam, SEBA, the education department and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan are preparing separate SOPs which will be later put together and one SOP framed,� they said.

The State government intends to resume classes for X and XII at the first phase.

The education department is considering various options like staggered timings with either 33 per cent or 50 per cent students.

�One suggestion is that 33 per cent or 50 per cent of the students will have classes from 8 am to 11 am, the remaining in other shifts. We are also working on a guideline for sanitizing the institutions regularly, closing the nearby shops to prevent gatherings, etc.,� the officials said.

The government is also planning to open bank accounts for every student which would be helpful in future if there are plans to disburse financial benefits. �We are also contemplating on providing some health insurance cover. However, the guidelines await the minister�s approval,� they said.

Asked about the possible dates of reopening the schools and colleges, the officials said, �The situation in Assam now is much different from what it was a month back. The situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19 is likely to continue. So it might take some time. Even if educational institutions reopen while adhering to certain guidelines and in phases, online classes will continue.�

The educational institutions in the State are closed since mid-March. The government had launched a few online platforms and TV channels for imparting education during the closure period.

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