Agartala: With the second wave of Covid-19, Tripura government today announced to close down classes in the schools, colleges and universities in the state for an indefinite period from tomorrow as a precautionary measure against a fresh outbreak.
According to report, as many as 354 positive cases were reported in the state in last fortnight while two persons died.
The rate of infection has been on rise mostly in the city and urban areas, having travel history.
The state government has put restrictions on crowds and initiated action against non-wearing of masks.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that there was a detailed discussion on the ongoing situation of Covid-19 and decided to suspend classes of schools, colleges and universities under the state government and all private educational institutions from tomorrow due to the surge of Covid cases in the state.
However, only the pre-decided exams will be conducted as scheduled with necessary staff as per the requirement on the exam days and on the other days attendance of 50 percent teaching and non-teaching staff have been made mandatory by maintaining physical distance and other Covid appropriate behaviour, Nath stated.
“The experts opined the current strain of Covid-19 is virulent and more dangerous, affecting the children and young people besides, aged people. The concentration of cases are also found in urban areas and spreading through close interaction from the people coming from outside. So, to break the chain and keep our children safe, we have suspended the classes for all levels,” Nath said.
The system of online classes introduced by the government last year will continue as usual. However, neither the government nor the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) has taken any decision on holding the board exams for Class X and XII, which are scheduled for next month.