Assam is all set to open schools and colleges from 1st September as declared by the state health minister Himanta Biswa Sharma. There will be no schools for students upto class IV. The teachers and staff of all schools and colleges shall have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests. However, Sharma also clarified that the final decision of reopening schools and colleges depends on the central government.
A set of guidelines have been made regarding the re-opening of educational institutionsA set of guidelines have been made regarding the re-opening of educational institutions. According to it a maximum of 15 students shall be allowed to sit in one room and the timings would be such that the students of two classes would not meet each other. Classes for students from class V - VIII can be conducted in fields or open spaces where social distancing can be maintained. The government would allow schools to conduct classes on their campus for the students of classes IX to XII. The students of IX and XI will have classes twice a week and the students of X and XII will have classes four days a week. Sarma stated that the educated youth of the state can volunteer to assist teachers by taking classes and they shall be provided with a certificate that will help them in the long run.
In colleges, classes would be conducted only for the final semester students. Students, who study elsewhere but are stranded in their hometowns, can attend classes in nearby colleges. However, the final decision to conduct classes in universities shall be taken by the respective vice chancellors. Guwahatians are not very happy with this decision. "Since COVID-19 cases are increasing so rapidly schools and colleges should have been closed for a while as classes can be conducted online, "says Deepak Kala.