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Assam: CM Sonowal holds meeting on reopening educational institutions amid COVID-19

Assam: CM Sonowal holds meeting on reopening educational institutions amid COVID-19

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday held a meeting with the officials of education, health, and other departments on resuming educational institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CM directed the officials of the education department to take safety measures while reopening the schools in the state.

The minister further stressed the need to start the classes early in the morning, maintain a proper gap between the classroom timings of two groups of students, keep the toilets clean and sanitized among others.

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Sonowal also instructed the education department to use audio-visual tools, and other attractive methods, in the beginning, to get the students back to the mold of formal education.

Among many negatives, the pandemic has brought some positives as well, and making the people aware of the importance of cleanliness and hygiene was one of them and the education department must take this opportunity to spread the message of cleanliness in the society through the students, Sonowal said.

He also instructed the department to provide iron and folic acid tablets to students for boosting their immunity along with giving yoga classes and holding regular health screenings for the students.

Sonowal also asked the health department 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.

He also directed the department to provide smartphones to students of economically disadvantaged sections for attending online classes.

All DCs have been asked to stay prepared for any emergency COVID-19 related situation and Chief Minister directed the education department to keep task forces, emergency service teams, toll-free numbers etc. ready for facing all eventualities.

Sonowal also directed for holding a meeting of VCs to prepare guidelines for starting the classes in all universities soon.

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