New Delhi: Schools in Tripura will reopen for the students of classes 11 and 12 from October 5, state education minister Ratan Lal Nath confirmed on Saturday. He asserted that students having written consent from their guardians will only be permitted inside the school premises. Also Read - This State Shuts Reopened Schools to Observe 'COVID-19 no Tolerance Fortnight' | Read Details

For students in other classes, the schools will be opened in a phased manner after reviewing the situation, the minister said. Also Read - Vaccine Is Life-Saving Drug, Not A Sprinkling Promise: Kamal Haasan

The decision to reopen the schools for senior students was taken by the government following a high-level meeting, chaired by the education minister. The meeting was attended by the vice-chancellors of Tripura Central University and Maharaja Bir Bikram State University, directors of Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education Departments, and other officials of the Education Department. Also Read - Will Schools be Reopened in Delhi This Year? Latest Developments You Should Know

“The Ministry of Education had issued a notification in detail along with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of schools from September 21. Ten states across the country have already reopened the schools. We have also decided to reopen schools,” Nath said, adding that 50 per cent teachers would attend schools every day by rotation and take classes.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu government had decided to resume normal classes for 10, 11, and 12 students from October 1, 2020. The state government had also issued a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the students in this regard.

The government said, schools can call 50 per cent of the teachers taking classes for 10th, 11th and 12th classes at a time in areas outside the Covid-19 containment zones from October 1.

The Puducherry Education Department has also announced reopening of schools for higher cases in a phased manner. Students of classes 10 and 12 in Puducherry and Karaikal can come to schools for a doubt clarification from October 5. The session for Class 9 and Class 11 to begin from October 12.

Notably, schools and colleges across the country have been closed since March when lockdown was announced to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Owing to the extended lockdown, several chools switched to online mode of teaching.