In a bid to observe social distancing norms, those who are studying in schools run by the government of West Bengal will probably have to attend classes on alternate days after the schools reopen. The schools will follow an alternate model to ensure that classes take place while maintaining social distance, said Partha Chatterjee, the Education Minister of West Bengal, on 28 June. He added that state-run schools are scheduled to open after 30 June, instead of 10 June, as announced earlier. Though private schools are not bound to do the same, they are expected to follow suit.
“If a state-run school and a private school are situated in the same locality, the same yardstick should be applied to both, as students of the same locality will face similar situation,” Chatterjee said.
The decision to postpone the reopening of schools is due to the fact that many of them will be used as quarantine centres for people returning from outside West Bengal. Also, thousands of schools have been ravaged by the cyclone Amphan.
The remaining papers of the HS examination will be given on 29 June, and 2 and 6 July. The education department will arrange special buses to carry candidates to their centres. Chatterjee said, “We will also ask the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education to keep examination centres in the neighbourhood area of a candidate.”
He added that the results of the Madhyamik examination will be declared as soon as possible, while that of the HS Examination will be announced in a month’s time after the pending papers are over.