Guwahati: On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Assam Governor professor Jagdish Mukhi greets the teaching fraternity of the State stating that teachers are the real nation builders, as they infuse the young minds with strong values to lead a life of respect and integrity.
“I salute the entire teaching fraternity across the country who has been nurturing young minds and spreading the lights of education in the society,” said Governor Mukhi adding that as a mark of tribute to the great contributions by teachers across the country, Bharat celebrates this auspicious day commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Meanwhile, the State government decided to reopen the classes for students from higher secondary final year to above from Monday as Assam relaxed the Covid-19 restrictions in view of decline of corona positive cases in the State and maintaining around 97 % recovery rate. All educational institutions in the State were shut down in April due to the second wave of Covid-19.
Issuing a revised set of standard operating procedures (SOP) on Wednesday, State health and family welfare minister Keshab Mahanta revealed that physical classes for post graduate, graduate and higher secondary final year students shall be allowed with limited attendance in a classroom if they have vaccinated with at least one jab and the rest would continue the virtual classes.
Along with the online classes for 1 to 11 standard, virtual mode of education will continue for the senior students (above 18-years) also, who prefer to attend to avoid physical classes. Physical attendance in schools is still optional and not mandatory. The schools are asked to arrange classes for maximum 30 students in a room and vaccinate all teaching and non-teaching staff with at least one dose.
The night curfew time across Assam had been delayed to 9 pm (until to 5 am next morning) and inter-district and intra-district movement of vehicles with full occupancy were allowed with at least single dose of vaccinated passengers, where no standing passenger is allowed. The workplace and business establishment were allowed to remain open till 8 pm. As most of the government officials have taken at least one dose of vaccine they are now attending the offices.
Earlier, attending a review meeting at the Kamrup district magistrate’s office to take stock of the status of vaccination process, the minister firmly stated that if the eligible person does not take the vaccine, he (she) would be deprived of government facilities in future. Mahanta in presence of district magistrate Kailash Karthik N and other senior administrative and health officials, instructed to take up the vaccination process with an aim to ensure 100 percent vaccination of eligible persons in the district. He opined that the vaccination should be done at polling station level and even door to door if required.