Classes from pre-primary to Class VII will be completely closed from January 17 to January 30: Edu Minister

: In view of the ongoing COVID pandemic situation across the state, the state education department has decided to shutdown the classes from Pre-Primary to Class VII from January 17 to January 30. Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath on Saturday told reporters that the decision to shutdown the classes was taken in a virtual meeting held today with the officials of the state education department, higher education department, MBB University and health department.

He said that in order to continue the education of the students of all the shutdown classes, an initiative will be taken to launch the program 'Ektu Khelo Ektu Paro'. In addition, arrangements will be made to broadcast classes from 1st to 7th class on the Education Department's 'Vande Tripura' channel. Speaking at a press conference, the education minister said that as per the decision, classes from class VIII to class XII would be conducted with the attendance of 50 per cent students.

In this case, every student has to come to the school with the consent of their parents. If students are unable to attend school due to health reasons or any other reason, the headmaster or class teachers will be able to arrange virtual classes for them, he said. He further informed that in the case of higher education, examinations of universities and colleges will continue as usual. In this case, sanitation, wearing of masks by students is compulsory, social distance must be observed and all hygiene rules have to be followed.

Besides, classes can be run in two shifts with 50 per cent students in universities and colleges without examinations. Virtual classes can be arranged for those who cannot attend classes, Nath told reporters. According to the decision, teachers and non-teaching staff in schools, colleges and universities should be present as usual, the education minister told in a press conference. 

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