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Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on January 25 said that the department will soon review whether to resume the offline classes for schools in the Shillong agglomeration.

Speaking to reporters, the minister said that a notification issued by the department has already spelt out that online classes will continue at least for schools in the Shillong agglomeration in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state.

“The situation will be reviewed in a few days or weeks on whether we will resume the offline classes or not,” he added.

Rymbui however informed that offline classes from Class I to XII in rural areas of Meghalaya are allowed adding that the notification has also spelt out the role of the district administration and governing body for dealing with the situation.

The minister said students need offline education.

“Classroom education must return. We have lived with this COVID-19 situation for the last two years. Children are empowered enough both psychologically and mentally to prepare to go to the classroom and learn what they are supposed to learn and not only be prisoners of this COVID-19 situation in the state,” he asserted.

Stating that the vaccine is now being administered for 15 years and above, Rymbui however lamented that the response from the stakeholders is still very poor in Meghalaya.

With regards to the board examinations, he said that routines have been issued and exams will go on as per schedule.

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