Guwahati: Assam Education Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that the educational institutions including schools and colleges across Assam will reopen on November 2.
“Students of classes 6 onwards will resume physical classes. Classes will be held in two sessions, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm,” said Sarma at a press conference on Saturday.
However, it has not been made mandatory to attend the classes as attendance will not be taken in the schools, and online classes will continue.
Meanwhile, physical classes for students in primary schools till class V will remain suspended and students may visit the school for informal academic exchange and mid-day-meal.
Adding further, Sarma also informed that the decision to resume classes for students of class I to V will be taken in December.
While addressing reporters, Sarma said that the SOPs for resuming classes for students, barring the primary level, would be in sync with the established COVID protocols.
Speaking about the examinations, he said it will only be conducted for students in classes VIII, X and XII. Students of all remaining classes shall be promoted without examination.
Furthermore, Polytechnic and Engineering colleges in Assam will also reopen on November 2 for offline classes. But, the hostels will reportedly remain closed until November 30. The decision to reopen hostels will be taken later, informed the minister.
According to the minister, the University Executive Council will take the decision regarding the reopening of universities across Assam.