Assam chief minister at ther ME-DUM-ME-PHI programme at Habung, Dhemaji. Source - Twitter: @himantabiswa

GUWAHATI:

The state government is mulling over reopening of all educational institutes by February 15, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on January 31.

β€œAt the moment, we are witnessing a tally of over 2000 Covid cases daily and the numbers will surely fall in the coming days. I think education all institutes could be reopened from February 15,” said Sarma, on the sidelines of ‘Me-Dam-Me-Phi’ event at Dhemaji.

Hinting that resumption of offline classes will accentuate the vaccination drive among students. β€œThe positive cases are decreasing in the state. That said, we are closely monitoring the situation. So far, 9 lakh students below 18 years have been vaccinated,” he said.

At present, offline classes for students up to Class 8 have been closed across the state, while those for Classes 9 and 12 on are being conducted on alternate days.

On January 30, Assam saw 910 fresh cases out of the total 13,100 tests done during the day. A slow decline in the positivity rate – of 6.95 per cent- has been observed on Sunday.

Last week, the state government issued a fresh standard operating procedure (SOP) with necessary instructions being issued by the department of education. However, this was not limited to just schools alone and included colleges and universities, as well.