In a supplementary SOP last week, educational institutions have prepared seating arrangements to ensure a physical distance of at least 6 feet inside and outside each classroom, as directed by the Department of Education. “We are concerned about the health of the students. More than 30 students are not allowed to sit in the classrooms. Most of the institutions have been properly sanitized,” said Education Minister Ronoz Pegu.
While ensuring mandatory use of masks and sanitizers on campus, the Department of Education has instructed all students and teachers to check their temperature daily through thermal screening at the time of entry. Hand washing should be arranged at prominent places on campus. Most importantly, students are prohibited from sharing anything like textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, tiffin boxes or water bottles.
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Buses for private educational institutions are allowed to carry only one-third of the capacity of students. “School buses have to be sanitized twice a day,” said an education official.
Whenever a positive case is detected, the nearest government healthcare institution or the circle officer of the concerned revenue circle should contact the educational institution, read the SOP.
While the Assam government is ready to reopen schools and colleges for students from higher secondary to postgraduate level, Assam University, Silchar, a central university, has not yet decided on the reopening of off-line classes.
“Sometimes we think of reopening the university for research scholars within a week. Scholars will also be allowed to stay in university hostels. However, they should be fully vaccinated, ”Assam University registrar Pradosh Kiran Nath told TOI. After that, science-lab based classes will start. AU will open classes periodically. Nath said the authorities were not ready to start any problems as they started off-line classes soon. “We will ensure that all students get two jobs first. Then the institution will be open to postgraduate students, ”he said.
Even final year students at Guwahati University have not yet been invited to attend classes. Although campus sanitation is still ongoing, the final semester exams, which are conducted online, are also a reason behind the delay, a university official said.
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