Arrangement of proper drinking water, sanitizer and soaps would be ensured by the education department before re-opening of schools Credit: Representational image

Agartala: Tripura government is mulling to re-open all the schools from June 1 and start the classes from June 15, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Earlier, Tripura government had announced the closure of all schools, colleges and universities, cinema halls, swimming pools and gyms from March 17 to March 31, which was later extended with the announcement of the nationwide lockdown.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that before opening of schools, the entire premises would be sanitised and arrangement of proper drinking water supply would be ensured by the education department.

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“In 4,509 schools, including 4,282 government schools, 46 government-aided schools and 181 madrasas, all the 11,011 mid-day meal cook-cum helpers would be provided with hand gloves, sanitisers and masks to ensure hygiene and also protect them from the spread of COVID-19. While soaps and sanitisers would be arranged in the school for the students by the schools,” Nath said.

“The education department would provide Rs 1,500 to those schools having a maximum of 50 students, Rs 2,500 to schools having 51 to 150 students, RS 3,500 to schools with 151 to 250 students and for schools having over 250 students enrolled in would receive Rs 5,000 for purchasing sanitizers, soaps for the students,” Nath added.

He also said the schools heads have been instructed to complete sanitising and arrangement of soaps and sanitizers in schools by June 6. The entire process would require an expenditure of Rs 1.62 crore.

“Around 2,553 schools in the state do not have running water facility and to ensure sufficient water in these schools, 250 litres of water from tankers would be provided in those schools spending Rs 6,000 in addition from the department,” Nath said.

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Speaking further, he said that the state government has credited Rs 7.48 crore into the accounts of 4,32,279 students of primary and upper primary levels for providing mid-day meal for the period of 30 days starting from March 17 to February 16.

“Around 94 percent of the students have received the amount while the rest would receive soon. The state has also spend another Rs 11.21 crore in the second phase for providing 45 days mid-day meal money,” Nath added.

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Earlier, the education minister announced the rescheduled examination of Matriculation (Class-X) and Higher Secondary (Class-XII) which was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The examination would commence from June 5 and the exam timing would be from 12 noon to 3.15 pm.

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