GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the state’s education branch to supply smartphones to students of economically deprived sections for attending online classes.
He also issued an instruction to the education branch to extensively use audio-visual tools, storytelling and such appealing methods in the first month to receive the students back to the mould of formal education.
On Tuesday, Sonowal held a assembly with the officials of education, health etc. departments at Janata Bhawan on the reopening of schools, that have been closed for more than seven months because of the COVID19 pandemic.
Sonowal also asked the health branch officials to take steps for tying-up of one health centre with one school while also shifting COVID care centres from the schools at the earliest.
The chief minister directed the education branch to take utmost care to strictly observe the COVID19 protocols while reopening the schools and stressed on the wish to start the classes early in the morning, deal with proper hole between the school room timings of two groups of students, retain the toilets clean and sanitised among others.
“Among many negatives, the pandemic has brought some positives as mannered and making the people aware approximately the importance of cleanliness and hygiene was once one of them and education branch should take this possibility to spread the message of cleanliness in the society through the students,” Sonowal said.
He also instructed the branch to supply iron and folic acid tablets to students for boosting their immunity together with giving yoga classes and holding steady health screenings for the students.
According to the SOP prepared by education branch, formal classes will start from November 2 for the students of class 6 and above. Classes VI, VII and XII will have classroom teachings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week while classes VIII, X and XI will have classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Likewise, the students of first, third and fifth semester degree will have classes for two, three and four days respectively each week. Classes will start in two phases and each and every phase can have maximum of 25 students.
All DCs have been asked to stay prepared for any emergency COVID19 related situation and Chief Minister directed the education branch to retain task forces, emergency service teams, toll-free numbers etc. in a position for facing all eventualities.