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Tripura: Govt to rethink schools reopening from June as COVID-19 cases rise

Tripura Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the schools might not resume from the June keeping in view the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Addressing a press conference here in the civil secretariat, the minister said, “On April 28 last, we have apprised the central ministry about our preparedness of resuming classes in schools. Based on the developments, we have directed the teachers to remain present in schools on June 1st, 2020, and there is ample preparedness to resume classes by June 15 next. But, a telephonic communication that has reached us today suggests some changes.”

As per the new guidelines, he said, students below the age group of 10 cannot be allowed to venture out. In Tripura, the number of students who belong to this particular age group stands at 2.5 lakh. Thus, the MHRD is thinking in a fresh manner pertaining to the matter.

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He also said that the department was contemplating not sending everyone school in one go but the new guidelines had delayed the resumption for a couple of months.

“We have decided not to send everyone school at one go. The teachers will first go to school for assessing the situation and then further steps will be taken. But, the new MHRD call suggests that the classes for secondary and higher secondary level can be commenced from July and the classes for standard 6 to 8 can expectedly started from September. Albeit, the schedule can be reviewed and changed following the prevailing situation”, said the Education Minister.

He however, also added that as per the present circumstances there were less possibility of resuming schools but this would be confirmed after a written and clear communiqué come from the MHRD.  

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