With COVID woes in Tripura with rest of the country on the rise, the Tripura education department has decided to suspend offline classes in schools for lower standards. 

Offline classes for pre-primary standard to class 7 have been suspended. 

Moreover, all hostels of educational institutes in the state have also been closed as a step to curb the rise in COVID cases. 

However, offline classes for students studying in class 8 to 12 will continue with 50 percent physical attendance on alternate days. 

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This development was informed by Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath on Saturday evening. 

The decision to suspend offline classes of lower standards was taken during a meeting between officials of the state’s education and health departments. 

The new norms for classes will begin on January 17 and continue till January 30. 

Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath added that the offline classes for students in class 8 to 12 will continue to facilitate the ongoing vaccination drive for children in the state. 

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“We have decided to suspend physical classes for students of pre-primary to Class VII till January 30,” Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath said. 

He added: “50 percent attendance has been stipulated for students of Classes VIII to XII, ensuring every student gets to attend school once in two days.” 

“But they will need parental consent to attend classes,” the minister said. 

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