Offline classes for final year HS, degree courses to begin from Sep 6: Assam education minister

The Assam government has decided to reopen the educational institutions for offline classes from higher secondary to post graduate level in the state from September 6.

Assam education minister Ranoj Pegu on September 1 said that, the state health department issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and have allowed to reopen the educational institutions of the final year classes in Class 12, TDC final year and post-graduate final year from September 6.

“The state health department is monitoring and management of the COVID-19 situation in the state. Final decision or reopening the schools and colleges will be taken by the health department. The health department has issued a SOP today and they have communicated to us that the classes of the final year in Class 12, TDC final year and PG final year will be allowed to reopen from September 6. Also, this is to be ensured that all the students, teachers and other staff, non-teaching staff all are vaccinated at least one dose of the vaccine,” Ranoj Pegu said.

The Assam education minister further said that, for reopening the hostels it is required that all boarders shall have to have two doses of the vaccine.

“The special vaccination camps for teachers, other staff, non-teaching staff, students are going on in block level, district level, elementary education offices, university campuses across the state. This special vaccination drive will be continued till September 5. The health department will issue subsequent SOP after monitoring the situation,” Ranoj Pegu said.

Revised advisory by Assam government

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on September 1 issued a revised COVID-19 advisory for both rural and urban areas in the state and the consolidated directives have come in force with effect from 11 am on September 1.

According to the new directives, the physical classes for the post graduate, graduate, higher secondary final year, GNM/nursing courses and that of technical institutions shall be allowed for students having at least single dose vaccine. Before start of physical classes there will be a 3-day vaccination drive for students, faculty and staff, the hostels of the educational institutions are allowed to open only for the post graduate, graduate and higher secondary final year students with fully vaccinated residents.

Other directives of the state government include night curfew time from 9 pm to 5 am across the state, pillion riding on motorcycles shall be allowed with at least single vaccinated persons and compulsory wearing of mask.

Intra-district transport with 100 per cent seating capacity shall allowed for passengers having at least single dose of vaccine, no standing passenger shall be allowed.

Inter-district passenger transport with 100 per cent seating capacity shall be allowed for passengers having at least single dose of vaccine, no standing passengers shall be allowed.

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