In a major move, Tripura government has decided to reopen schools and colleges as well as hostels from January 4 next as the Covid-19 cases in the state have declined over the past three weeks.
The state has registered 33,244 Covid-19 cases and 382 deaths in the last six months.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the high power committee of education in a meeting last evening decided to reopen education institutions from classes from V to college level in full swing and hostels with cent percent attendance of teachers and other staff.
However, attendance of students will be subject to the consent of their guardians.
He said all the government, government-aided and private schools can resume classes V to VIII from Jan 4 next along with the hostels attached to schools, colleges, professional institutions.
The government had asked students of Class IX to XII to come to school early this month while ensuring the provisions of regular sanitization and cleaning of campus, including frequent washing of toilets.
The state government had spent a few lakhs for provisioning water, soaps, sanitizers and cleaning substances in the schools, Nath said, adding that additional funds have been made available to the school headmasters for regular cleaning of class rooms, toilets and sanitization of the campus to ensure disease-free environment in the schools.
The Education department has directed the school authorities to clean and sanitize rooms and buildings properly before opening of those classes and hostels, school, colleges by Jan 2 next and submit a report of cleaning and sanitization.