Agartala: Amid a reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Tripura government is all set to reopen colleges and schools for Classes 6-12 from Wednesday (August 25), an official of the education department said.

“In view of a reduction in the COVID-19 positivity rates in Tripura and considering the learning losses that have already occured, with the approval of the State Disaster Management Authority, the department of education (School) has decided to start physical classes in the state for all students from Class 6 to 12 from August 25,” the director of school education said on Monday.

The order will be effective for government, government-funded and private schools and madrasas in the state, including in the Autonomous District Council (ADC) areas.

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According to the new order, if there is a shortage of adequate classrooms in the schools, arrangements have to be made to offer teaching in two shifts. In this case, classes will be offered in the morning from 8 am to 11 am and in the afternoon from 12 noon to 3 pm.

In a school where there is an opportunity to study in two shifts, half of the students will be present in the school according to the roster. The other half will go to school the next day. However, 100 per cent attendance has been made compulsory for the teachers at schools.

As school for Classes 1 to 5 will remain suspended, the teachers of those classes will promote the ‘Notun Disha’ project among students of Classes 6 to 8.

Meanwhile, school heads have been directed to ensure COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in the classrooms. Wearing masks, maintaining social distance and adhering to hygiene rules will be mandatory. In addition, district education officers have been ordered to form teams to monitor the schools.



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