West Bengal Schools, Colleges to be closed in the state till June 30!!! West Bengal State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has announced that schools and colleges will remain closed till 30th June 2020 in View of spreading of COVID-19. This decision was made after holding a consultative video conference with Vice Chancellors of the state universities. Along with universities, the state government also ruled out opening of schools across the state, as they were being used a quarantine centres for migrant workers due to the lockdown.
The rescheduled dates for Class 12 state boards exams remain unchanged and they will be held on June 29, July 2 and July 6 as announced last week, Chatterjee said addressing a press conference in Bikash Bhavan here. He said the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education has been asked to put in place all necessary precautions for holding the exams in 1,058 examination centres.
“If necessary, the buildings of some colleges can also be used for the higher secondary exams,” he added. The cyclone has caused damage to 462 examination centres and alternative venues are being scouted, the minister said. These affected exam centres are located in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah districts. The minister, who earlier in the day met senior officials of the education department, said as per preliminary estimate the damages to educational institutions, including colleges, due to the cyclone has been pegged at Rs 700 crore and the department will soon be submitting a report to the state government for help.
To make up for the prolonged disruption in classes, the government will ask coordinators to ensure that teachers take classes of students at home if they live in the same locality, he said. “We will work out the modalities in this regard very soon,” Chatterjee said. The department was also actively considering the proposal to provide free textbooks to the cyclone-affected students, particularly those in the higher secondary level, he said.
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