The Assam government is contemplating resuming physical classes for all school students from February 15 in view of the decline in COVID-19 cases over the past few days.
Offline classes for all government and private schools in the state for students up to Class 5 and up to Class 8 in Kamrup Metro district were suspended till January 30, after a surge in COVID cases, triggered in all likelihood by the Omicron variant. Thereafter, teachers were imparting offline lessons in adherence to the modified guidelines issued by the health department earlier this month.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that the health department was closely monitoring the COVID situation and with the positivity rate dipping, there was every possibility of physical classes being resumed in all educational institutions from February 15 if the trend continued," he said.
The chief minister also informed that the health department had set February 28, 2022, as the date for completing the vaccine administration (both COVID doses) process among adolescents in the 15 years to 18 years age category.Assam reported 910 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday, a decline by over 1,300 cases against the previous day.
Sarma further said that once the daily cases drop further below 1000, the night curfew too would be relaxed by an hour and imposed from 11 pm to 6 am. The chief minister also informed that the health department had set February 28, 2022, as the date for completing the vaccine administration (both COVID doses) process among adolescents in the 15 years to 18 years age category.
"About 9 lakh students (in the 15-18 years age group) have been vaccinated in the state so far. Once schools reopen, the vaccination process will pick up the pace and subsequently a greater number of students will be inoculated," the chief minister said.
Meanwhile, students of Classes 9 to 11 have been attending physical classes in the interim on rotation mode (three days a week) while students of Class 12, engineering colleges, medical colleges, and technical institutes have been attending offline classes regularly.