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West Bengal Education Minister - Students likely to Attend Classes on Alternate Days


Students of state-run schools in West Bengal are likely to attend classes on alternate days after they reopen.

  • Students of state-run schools in West Bengal are likely to attend classes on alternate days after they reopen, in order to observe social distancing norms. The schools will be asked to follow an "alternate model" and the department will ensure that classes take place adhering to social distancing norms, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters on Thursday.
  • When asked to elaborate on the "alternate model", he said details of it would be informed later. The alternate model envisages one set of students of a particular class will attend school on every alternate day, a source in the education department explained.

State-run schools will reopen after June 30

  • Mr. Chatterjee said state-run schools are slated to reopen after June 30. Private educational institutes are free to follow this schedule or they may go by their own timetable. However, the minister hinted that he expects private schools will follow the government's decision.
  • "If a state-run school and a private school are situated in the same locality, the same yardstick should be applied to both, as students of the same locality will face similar situation," Mr Chatterjee said.

What is the reason behind the decision to open schools from June 30?

  • He had announced on Wednesday that state-run schools will open after June 30 instead of June 10, as stated earlier, as many schools will be used as quarantine centres for people returning from outside the state and also due to the extensive damage caused to thousands of school buildings in cyclone Amphan.

Education department to arrange special busses for exam students

  • About communication problems faced by candidates who will appear for the remaining papers of the Higher Secondary Examinations, Mr. Chatterjee said the education department will arrange special buses for them. The remaining papers of the HS Examinations will be held on 29th June, 2nd July and 6th July, 2020.
  • "We will also ask the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education to keep examination centres in the neighbourhood area of a candidate," he said. Mr Chatterjee said the results of class 10 state board examination (Madhyamik) will be published in the quickest possible time while that of the HS Examinations will be out within a month after exams for the pending papers are over.

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