Agartala: As the number of coronavirus cases continue to recede, the Tripura government has announced that schools will reopen for classes 1 to 5 while adhering to COVID-19 norms.

According to a new order issued by Chandni Chandran, director of elementary education, Tripura schools will reopen for Classes 1 to 5 students from September 13. However, a permission letter of the guardian will be required for the students to attend classes. 

Earlier, the department reopened schools for classes 6 to 12 on August 25 across Tripura. With the new directive, classes will now start for all levels, with the exception of nursery classes.

Incidentally, with the permission of the State Disaster Management Authority, classes from classes 6 to 12 were started in schools keeping in mind decline in new COVID-19 infections. However, due to lack of adequate classrooms in schools, instructions were issued to make arrangements in two sessions. 

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Earlier, classes from class 3 to 12 were started in the school. However, the students of class 1 and 2 did not get a chance to go to school for 18 long months.

The new order applies to state government, government-funded, private schools and madrasas, including those in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas. 

According to the notification by the department of elementary education, special importance will be given to students who are weak, drop outs or have been away from school from the very beginning of the session.

The department of education has also ordered head teachers and in-charges to ensure student seating, routines and curriculum considering the COVID-19 protocols. Similarly, class tests and weekly exams have to be ensured. 

Also, there must be a mid-day meal arrangement. Mask wearing will be compulsory for students of classes 1 to 5. Head teachers have been instructed to arrange sanitizers, thermal scanners and hand wash in the school premises.

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