Schools in Assam to remain closed even after summer vacation due to ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
COVID 19: Keeping in view the prevailing COVID 19 conditions, the Assam government has decided to close all schools in Assam even after the summer vacation in the state. Not just that, the government has also asked the authorities to take steps to conduct online classes, an official said on Tuesday June 15.
The Secondary Education Department’s Principal Secretary B Kalyan Chakravarthy has directed the officials of district administrations to make arrangements for online classes in order to not cause interruption in students’ learning process.
On June 14, the schools ended their summer vacation.
Necessary steps are required to conduct online classes until further orders or till the reopening of these institutes, he said while ordering the directors of secondary and elementary education, all inspectors of schools, other officials of the department and heads of government and private educational institutes.
On Monday, the order was notified and came into force with immediate effect.
Amidst the second wave of COVID-19, the government extended the one-month summer vacation in schools from May 15. Usually, the summer vacation in schools takes place from July 1 to 31.
According to a National Health Mission bulletin, Assam reported on Monday, 43 more COVID-19 deaths, which shot up the toll to 3,994. Over 3,678 new coronavirus cases have increased the total to 4,63,175.
Recently, Sarma emphasised the development of the basic fundamentals related to the governance in the schools for quality delivery of education to the students in a wholesome manner. He discussed this during a meeting with the Education Department along with Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and Finance Minister Ajanta Neog.
He proposed to develop software right away in order to plan out the transfer and posting of teachers through an Online Portal. This online portal will also include a merit-based preferential choice of posting against vacancies.
Furthermore, he instructed the department to operationalise new Model Schools and change a policy for teachers’ retention. The creation of posts in the newly established upgraded schools in Tea Garden areas is a necessary step. Tea Garden areas are where the PWD had completed the construction. So, CM directed the same.