Schools will be closed till 30 June in West Bengal

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Kolkata: Schools in West Bengal will remain closed till June 30, the state government announced on Wednesday. Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the decision was taken as several school buildings were damaged by cyclone Amphn in eight districts and there is also a possibility that some buildings could be used as quarantine centers for migrant workers.

The government had earlier announced that schools would be closed until 10 June.

While addressing a press conference at Bikas Bhavan here, Chatterjee said that the rescheduled dates of the class 12 state board examinations remain unchanged and will be held on June 29, July 2 and July 6.

He said that the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education has been asked to take all necessary precautions to conduct the examination in 1,058 examination centers.

He said, “Some college buildings can also be used for higher secondary examination if required.”

The minister said that the cyclone has damaged 462 examination centers and is being scouted at alternative locations.

These affected examination centers are located in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah districts.

The minister, who met senior officials of the education department earlier in the day, said that as per preliminary estimates, the loss to educational institutions including colleges has been estimated at Rs 700 crore and the department will soon submit a report to the state government for help.

To create long-term disruptions in classrooms, the government will ask the coordinators to ensure that teachers take students’ classes at home, if they live in the same area, he said.

“We will soon work on modalities in this regard,” Chatterjee said.

He said that the department is also actively considering the proposal to provide free textbooks to cyclone affected students, especially students of higher secondary level.

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