Teachers and employees of educational institutions in Assam, will have to mandatorily take COVID-19 tests and join in their duties from September 1.
Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on August 18, Assam Health and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “I understand that many have left for home from their respective place of work during this pandemic. But they should come back and join office mandatorily on September 1. They have to undergo tests for COVID-19 and after they test negative they have to join their duties from September 1.”
“’Leave without pay’ will be implemented on any teacher or other official employee who fails to join duty on September 1,” Sarma added.
Sarma also announced provincialisation of a total of 3,980 teachers’ posts under the directorates of higher education and secondary education.
The total posts of teachers, provincialised by the Assam government after 6 years, include 3,049 posts under the directorate of secondary education and 931 posts under the directorate of higher education.
The state government has also announced provincialisation of a total of 355 educational institutes under the directorate of secondary education.
These provincialised educational institutes include 197 high schools, 9 higher secondary schools and 149 senior secondary schools or junior colleges across Assam.
Assam government has also announced provincialisation of 27 colleges across the state.