Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference on Monday Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Stating that the Covid-19 situation in Assam had improved, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the state government will open schools and hostels in the coming weeks.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Sarma informed that classes from kindergarten to class 6 will resume from January 1, while hostels in residential schools and colleges will start in a limited manner from December 15.

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“The Covid-19 situation in Assam is satisfactory and under control. But keeping in mind the situation in other parts of India and the world, we are on alert. A survey by a weekly magazine has ranked Assam as the best state in Covid-19 management,” Sarma told journalists in Guwahati.

The detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) regarding the same will be released, he added.

Earlier this month, the state government schools had allowed students of Class 6 and above to attend schools. However, schools were directed to follow an odd-even system.

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As per the SOP for students of classes 6 and above, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays classes of 6, 7 and 9 should be conducted and classes 8, 10 and 11 will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

It was further mentioned that students of Class 6 and above attend school only after consent from their parents. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the education department to maintain all safety guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The SOP also stated that school authorities should follow social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols.

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