Schools reopen for classes 10 and 12 in Tripura

Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath visited schools and colleges as it opened for 10th and 12th standard students in Tripura on Monday

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Schools reopened for 10th and 12th standard students in Tripura on Monday, months after they were closed in wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath visited schools and colleges in the capital, Agartala to inspect the preparedness and response of the students. On the first day, around 50 per cent of the students turned up for classes. “It was decided to open schools and colleges. Reopening of schools became essential for class 10th and 12th students ahead of their board exams. I visited some of the schools to check the preparedness, I also visited women’s college here and the arrangements there were also satisfactory. Teachers were also present in good strength,” said Nath.

“We used to attend online classes before regular classes started. We feel really good to be back in school, my parents have also permitted me to attend the regular classes. We met our teachers and friends after so long. We are taking adequate measures to protect ourselves,” said Sunayna Ghosh, a student.

Tripura Government had earlier announced reopening regular class-work in schools from December 1 but upon not getting clearance from the Health Department, the State Government withdrew its decision right before the reopening date.

“The schools were shut earlier when cases were rising rapidly. We were taking online classes since the lockdown was imposed, it became really boring but now that the regular classes have commenced students are really happy to be back at the school. Classmates will be again studying together,” said another school student.

A set of restrictions and guidelines including installation of handwashing facilities or sanitization facilities, thermal scanning on arrival, social distancing and use of masks have been made mandatory in the schools.
School students will also require a written consent letter from their parents for admission in the resumed classes. Schools have also taken additional measures to reduce the student load by arranging odd-even and boys-girls alternate day present arrangements to maintain physical distance in classrooms.

Since the onset of the pandemic in Tripura this year, the state government introduced a wide array of services for alternative educational services including online classes, recorded lecture sessions on local television channels, social media classes, SMS classes etc.

Tripura has nearly 4,400 government and government-aided schools and 22 government degree colleges.

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