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West Bengal schools to remain shut till June 30, says Education Minister Partha Chatterjee

Debdeep Majumder Debdeep Majumder
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The West Bengal Government on Wednesday announced that the schools in West Bengal will remain shut till June 30.

Education Minister Partha Chakraborty said that the decision was taken with respect to the damage caused to several schools due to the Amphan Cyclone in eight districts. 

He also added that there might be some possibilities that few of the school buildings have been used as quarantine shelters for the migrant workers during the lockdown.

Earlier the Government announced that the schools will remain closed till June 10, but due to the recent events caused by the Cyclone Amphan, the Government came up with its decision to keep the schools closed till June 30.

Mr. Chatterjee has confirmed that the rescheduled dates for remaining Class 12 state board exams will remain the same as announced last week, that is June 29, July 2 and July 6.

He said that the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education has been briefed with all the precautionary measures that they need to take for conducting the exams in 1,058 examination centres. If necessary, some college buildings can also be used for the exam purpose.

The cyclone has damaged almost 462 examination centres located in Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah districts.

The minister, who earlier had a meeting with the senior officials of the education department said that the primary damages to schools and colleges caused due to Amphan is estimated to be around Rs. 700 Crore and the department will soon be submitting the report to the Government for assistance.

The minister added that the government will ask the co-ordinators to ensure that teachers take classes at their homes for the students living in the same locality.

The Education Minister has also confirmed that the department will take prominent measures to provide free books and study materials to the cyclone-affected students, especially for the higher secondary students.