Gangtok, May 28: State Education Minister, Kunga Nima Lepcha announced on May 22, that the school and colleges in the state will reopen from June 15, which has caused many students and faculty member to get increasingly worried as the date approaches near. He had initially stated, “We will be reopening all schools and colleges from 15th June. We will start with classes 9th to 12th while classes for Nursery to VIII will not be held. Morning assemblies will not be allowed in the schools to ensure social distancing,”
The schools and colleges in the state have been closed for more than two months. Many college students who had come to Sikkim to pursue further education returned home when news of further lockdown extensions was announced. While the Education Minister has advised schools and students and has stressed the need to ensure social distancing norms when classes reopen. While normal morning assembly will not take place, now Sikkim does have a reason to worry since its first positive case was reported.
The Education Department has issued a new circular informing of financial relief for parents and students studying in private schools around Sikkim would be provided because of the monetary stress caused to them due to the lockdown. The Department has advised that the private schools in the state should consider waiving of charges on games, library, science, laboratory computer and transport fees etc. for the period that the lockdown is implemented. Besides, an extension of a suitable amount of time can also be provided for payment of tuition and development fees to the parents whose financial situation is not exactly stable during the period of lockdown.
This news might come as a relief for many while simultaneously associations like Sikkim University Students Association and Sikkim University Teacher’s Association have requested the administration to roll back the earlier notification of schools reopening from June 15.