Guwahati: Assam government is mulling over the idea of reopening schools and colleges in the state from September 1, given that the COVID-19 situation further eases, informed education minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma during a press meet on Saturday.
The education minister said it is still exploring the option and possibility of reopening schools, but the final decision will be taken by the central government.
Sarma mentioned that COVID-19 testing for all the teachers under state government will be made mandatory within August 23-30.
Even if the decision gets through, schools up to Class IV will remain closed. For students from Class V to VIII, classes will not be held in classrooms but in playgrounds and other open spaces. Whereas from Class IX to XII, classes will be held in classrooms.
For Class IX and XI students, school will be held twice a week, while for Class X and XII, classes will be held four times a week.
The students will be divided into sections with not more than 15 students. Also, the classes can be held only for three hours each day.
On the other hand, for students pursuing three-year degree courses, only final semester students will require to attend classes if they start in September.
No directives have been issued for resumption of classes since the varsities are autonomous bodies and will take a decision on their own in consultation with the education department, added Sarma.