As India is going through a phased unlocking, schools in Assam are all set to reopen from 2nd November, 2020, after a period of 7 months. However, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has instructed the state education department to distribute smartphones among the financially backward students to assist them in attending online classes.
In a meeting on reopening of schools, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the officials to provide the students with iron and folic acid tablets in order to boost their immunity and to conduct regular yoga classes. Moreover, the minister has instructed that regular health screening should be arranged in schools for the students. He has further directed the state education department to make sure that the schools abide by all the COVID-19 protocols.
Sonowal has then instructed the schools to begin the classes early in the morning and make sure that the gap between the classroom timings of two batches is proper. Further, he has directed the schools to keep the toilets well sanitized.
The Chief Minister issued an instruction to the education department, directing them to widely use audio-visual tools, story-telling, and similar interesting methods in the initial month in order to get students back on track.
Formal schooling in Assam has been scheduled to restart from 2nd November, 2020 for the students, studying in Class 6 and above. Students of classes 6, 7, 9 and 12 can attend schools on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, whereas students of classes 8, 10 and 11 will be able to attend classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
All the Deputy Commissioners in various districts of Assam, have been directed to be ready to tackle adversities, caused by the virtue of COVID-19, in case, they are required to. The Education Department has also been directed to deploy task forces, emergency service teams, toll free numbers, to name a few, in order to face any and every kind of emergency.
The Chief Minister has also suggested the schools to invite and felicitate COVID-19 warriors and plasma donors with an intent to inspire the students to work for the cause of social welfare.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated, “In addition to negatives, this pandemic has made us come across a lot of positives as well, one of which is understanding the importance of cleanliness and hygiene and the education department should use this as an opportunity to transmit this knowledge throughout the society, via the students.”