Students attending neighbourhood classes in Tripura Credit: File image

Agartala: A month after suspending the neighbourhood classes following the sudden surge in the novel coronavirus cases in Tripura, the education department is resuming the classes from October 5 next.

The elementary education director Saju Vaheed on Thursday issued a notification allowing the neighbourhood classes to resume from October 5 maintaining the standard operating protocol (SOP).

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

Now, as the situation is somewhat normal and the Central government has given full independence to the states to open educational institutions from October 15 onwards, the Tripura government is expected to resume neighbourhood classes.

The students of class I to VIII will study for eight hours a week and students of class VI to VIII will study for 10 hours a week. Each teacher will take two classes every day by creating specific groups. Timing of each class will be one and a half to two hours. While, the reduced syllabus of SCERT will be taught from class I to VIII.

Meanwhile, special emphasis has been given to hygiene and maintaining social distancing. Since the neighborhood classes will be under the open sky, the students have to choose the place closest to their home according to the group. However, the classroom cannot be used for the neighborhood class in any way.

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In addition, every student and teacher should wear a mask and wash their hands with soap or sanitizer after a while. Students will not be able to attend classes with fever or any other illness and above all, parents must submit their consent to respected schools for neighborhood Classes.

The district education officers, school inspectors and OSDs have been assigned to monitor neighborhood classes, while academic leaders and academic coordinators will also monitor everything. The order will not be effective in the containment zone.

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Earlier on August 9, the education minister said even though the department had started online classes through pre-recorded videos, telecast in cable television, ‘ektu khelo ektu poro’ programmes which did not require smartphones to reach as many students as possible.

A survey conducted by the Tripura New Disha (new direction) cell under ‘Ektu Khelo Ektu Poro’ in 3,974 schools, 94,013 students (29%) did not have access to online classes amid the lockdown.

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

Other states including Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh have also started similar classes outside school premises

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