We can manage if schools, colleges remain closed till May 30: Himanta Biswa Sarma


GUWAHATI: As the all educational institutes including—schools, colleges and universities have remained shut in the state amid COVID-19 lockdown, Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the academic year can be saved even if the educational institutes remain closed till May 30.

“If the schools, colleges remain shut till May 30, the total loss will be 52 days. These 52 days can be managed by opening on Saturdays, Sundays (if required), doing full classes on Saturdays, by limiting the declared holidays and summer vacation,” said Dr. Sarma.

“The teacher community has to make a lot of sacrifices if the schools, colleges remain closed timm May 30. But they are ready to do so,” Sarma added.

All the schools, colleges and universities in Assam have remained closed from March 16 amid COVID-19 concerns.

On the other hand, the Assam Government has issued slew of orders to the private schools of the state on Wednesday. The private schools have been asked to collect 50 percent of school fees for the month of April. It has also asked the school authorities not to go for salary cut of the teachers. It further ordered not to increase the school fees during the COVID-19 crisis.