Assam extends Academic Calendar: As per the latest update, Assam Government has decided to extend the academic calendar for all school students from December 2020 to March 20201 due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. The decision to extend the academic calendar was announced by State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The decision to extend the academic sessions has been taken by the state government to compensate for the loss of academic days for the current session due to the pandemic.
Decision Announced via Social Media
The decision was announced by the education minister through a tweet via his official social media account. The tweet read “Due to COVID-19 pandemic educational institutions are closed from 15th March. In order to compensate the loss of academic days, after due consultation with stakeholders, cabinet has decided to revise the academic session of schools from 1st April to 31st March.”
He also added that the academic calendar of each class shall be decided by the concerning academic authorities after proper consultation keeping in view the local climate and other factors. However, on the query of will the revised timeline for academic calendar be made permanent, he said the state government has not taken any decision on whether it will continue for the next session or more.
Assam’s School Academic Year
Unlike most school boards across the country, Assam follows a unique academic year for its school students. For school students, a new academic year commences in January and continues until December month. However this year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the academic days lost due to it, the state government would be altering the session and extending it until March 2021.