Sikkim Educational institutions to open from August: Education Ministry

June 12 2020: Sikkim’s Ministry of Education has informed on Friday after a high-level meeting of a Special Task Force chaired by the Chief Minister of Sikkim that all schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will reopen from the first week of August.

A press release was issued by the government stating the same.

Earlier the decision of reopening educational institutions was then to be from July 1st.

However, with the surging rise in Covid-19 cases in the state, the decision has been rethought.

36 new cases of active coronavirus patients have been detected in the state taking the total count of COVID patients to 60 as on Friday.

The decision has been taken keeping in mind the need of taking abundant precautionary and preventive measures.

It has also been informed that the reopening of schools, colleges, Teacher Education Institutes and private educational establishments in Sikkim will comply with UGC and government guidelines.

CBSE exams which could not be conducted amid the lockdown are scheduled for July and will be held in Senior Secondary Schools. The CBSE has declared all the Senior Secondary Schools as examination centres to maintain social distancing and avoid commuting to common centres.

Measures have also been taken for students who are currently either stranded or residing in other states. Students residing outside the state can appear in the exams from centres near them wherever they are located. If they have applied for entry into the state they will have to undergo quarantine and write the test. A third option is also made available for students who cannot avail the other two options. Such students will be transported by the government, the ministry further informed.