Tripura has 4,398 government and government-aided schools apart from 335 private schools in which around 5 lakh students are studying across the state

Agartala: Tripura government and government-aided schools are all set to re-open for students of Classes IX to XII with 50 per cent teachers’ strength from October 5, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking with reporters, Nath, however, said that students would be allowed to attend schools only with the written consent of their parents or guardians.

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A high-powered committee meeting of the education department was chaired by education minister on Thursday to discuss on the re-opening of schools and various other issues at Civil Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by the vice-chancellors of Tripura University and Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) University, Directors of elementary, secondary and higher education departments, secretary, higher officials of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), former Tripura Board of Secondary Education president among others.

“The ministry of education had issued a notification with details and standard operating protocol (SOP) for reopen schools from September 21. Accordingly, 10 states across the country has already re-opened the schools,” Nath said.

Nath said that the students of class IX to XII may attend the schools for any queries or problems and consult with the subject teachers as per their requirement, but they must get consent letter from their parents.

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“50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff would attend school on a daily basis, while the rest 50 percent would attend on the next day on rotation-wise,” he added.

Speaking about examinations in colleges, he said that the final year examinations in all 22 government general degree colleges would be conducted through an online method, while the members of the high-powered committee have no objection in this regard.

He also said that the higher officials of TTAADC has expressed their desire for resuming neighbourhood classes in ADC areas of Tripura.

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The educational institutions have been closed since March 16 due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The state government took several initiatives to continue classes using different methods.

However, educationdepartment had failed to reach out to 94,013 students in the elementary level as they did not have access to cable television and mobile phones to attend online classes amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

Tripura has 4,398 government and government-aided schools apart from 335 private schools in which around 5 lakh students are studying across the state.

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