Mumbai: Officials said that the Sikkim government has reopened educational institutions for a month due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and decided to resume classes in schools, colleges, and universities in the first week of August this year.
He took this decision on Friday in a high-level meeting of the state task force headed by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang.
The state’s educational institutions were to be reopened from 1 July.
Officials said, “There is a need for considerable precaution to resume educational activities in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Sikkim.”
Sikkim has reported 63 coronavirus cases till Friday.
He said that the reopening of all schools, colleges, universities, and teacher education institutions would be in compliance with the directives of the UGC and the central government.
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had announced that there would be board exams for classes 10 and 12 pending from July 1 to 15.
Examinations were postponed due to a nationwide lockout on 25 March.
Officials said that these examinations will be conducted in all the senior secondary schools in Sikkim to maintain social security norms and avoid coming to a common center.
He said that many students of Sikkim appearing for CBSE examinations are stranded in other states and they have been instructed to apply for a change of centers in the districts where they are residing.
Officials said that most of the candidates have already opted to change the center.