In a major development, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that all schools and colleges across the state would be reopening from 1st Sept 2020 onwards. He also added that all teaching and non-teaching staff members will be tested for COVID-19 and those found to be negative will be required to join work. The decision to reopen educational institutions comes even as the number of Coronavirus infection cases across the country continues to rise consistently.
The state government would commence the Coronavirus testing for school teachers, college professors and non-teaching staff members from 21st August 2020 onwards. All the teachers and non-teaching staff members’ who are found to be negative for COVID-19 infection, would be required to report at their place of work from 1st Sept 2020.
He also mentioned that all staff members who have returned to their home towns during the lockdown period are advised to report back to their place of work to take charge from next month onwards.
As of now, the Union Home Ministry has not issued any further directions with regards to opening of schools and colleges in states amid the on-going pandemic. Sarma also added that following the directions from MHA, the state government would issue SOP for reopening of schools and educational institutions within 24 hours. Therefore, school and college administrators as well as staff members are advised to be prepared for the same.