Tripura has around 27,000 teachers imparting education in 4,400 government and government-aided schools across the state Credit: Representational Image

Agartala: After Assam and Andhra Pradesh decided to reopen schools, Tripura government is contemplating to start classes for school and college students December 1. The state will comply with the guidelines and standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the ministry of education.

Speaking with reporters, Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath said a meeting of the high-level committee was held on Monday at Agartala state secretariat which has decided to reopen schools from December 1.

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“In the meeting, we have decided to reopen Class-X and Class-XII in school level and all 22 government degree colleges, technical institutions from December 1 based on the prevailing COVID-19 situation”, Nath said.

He also said that the students would require to get written consent from their parents before attending classes in schools and colleges while the administration has been directed to ensure minimum attendance in the premises.

“We have asked the vice-chancellors of both Tripura University (central) and Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) University to stress upon conducting more online practical classes along with regular classes”, Nath added.

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The education department has however fixed another date on November 27 for a meeting of the high-level committee to take the final decision before reopening classes for the students.

Earlier on October 5, a month after suspending the neighbourhood classes following the sudden surge in the novel coronavirus cases in Tripura, the education department had resumed the classes across the state.

The neighbourhood classes had to be suspended on August 28 after the state registered its biggest single-day spike of 509 COVID-19 cases.

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Tripura has around 27,000 teachers imparting education in 4,400 government and government-aided schools across the state.

Tripura has registered 356 COVID-19 deaths, while a total of 31,543 persons have been found infected with the virus, and the recovery rate has improved with 95.13 per cent so far.

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