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Gangtok, June 12: A high-level State Task Force meeting was conducted on Friday, chaired by Chief Minister P.S. Tamang where many decision key decisions were taken regarding the reopening of educational institutions in Sikkim. Due to the sudden rise of positive COVID-19 cases, the State government has decided to hold off the reopening until the first week of August. As announced earlier by the Education Department, board exams for both ICSE and ISC will still be taking place in July, where Senior Secondary Schools in Sikkim will function as examination centres.

Earlier on May 22, Education Minister K.N. Lepcha had announced that reopening of educational institutions would begin from June 15, which was then postponed to July 1 by the Chief Minister during a cabinet meeting on May 30.

Prior to this, Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal Centre Government HRD Minister had announced on June 7 that educational institutions across the nation will reopen across India after August 2020, most probably after August 15. The reopening of educational institutions including schools, colleges, universities, Teacher Education Institutions and private educational establishments will comply with the UGC and Centre government’s guidelines and directives.

For the students of Sikkim who come from out of the state, the Education Department has already instructed the candidates to apply for a change of examination centre in the CBSE districts where they are stranded in. Therefore, the students who belong from West Bengal, but were studying in Sikkim, can now appear at an examination centre in Darjeeling, Kurseong, etc.

It was informed that most candidates have applied for the change in examination centres. Another feasible option would be to have had applied for entry into Sikkim for this purpose wherein the candidate will have to stay in facility quarantine in Sikkim then sit for the examination. The last option, in which very few candidates qualify, is to transport the candidates who could not benefit from the first two options.

Initially, when Sikkim Chronicle talked to faculty members of institutions, most parents and students seemed unsure of the Government’s decision to reopen educational institutions on July 1, hence this new decision will surely provide comfort and relief until August, at least.

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