Schools to remain shut in Tamil Nadu until Covid-19 situation improves

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State Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan SAID there would not be any phased reopening in schools across the state and would be opened simultaneously once the pandemic situation is under the control of the state.     

 

There will be no partial reopening of schools in Tamil Nadu in line with the Unlock 4.0 guidelines issued by the central government allowing the reopening of schools from Monday, September 21, based on the analysis of the states.

State Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan SAID there would not be any phased reopening in schools across the state and would be opened simultaneously once the pandemic situation is under the control of the state.     

"All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in a shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure," he told reporters on September 19, 2020.

He added that “The schools are equipped with sufficient numbers of classrooms to ensure the social distancing norms.” The minister said there are practical difficulties in conducting classes during the pandemic situation.

He said that the government had cut down the school syllabus for the current academic year in order to reduce the burden of the students. The decision was taken as per the recommendation of the expert committee, the minister informed.

Several states have allowed schools to reopen partially from Monday after a gap of more than five months. The Centre has allowed the partial reopening of schools in the fourth phase of the Unlock process and said that students of Classes 9 and 12 can return purely on a voluntary basis.

The government also made it clear that it is not mandatory for educational institutions to resume schools from Monday. The government had asked the states to take the final call on resuming classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Centre has issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a partial reopening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 12.

Besides, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have announced that they will not allow classes to resume from Monday. Bihar’s education department will hold a meeting on Tuesday to take decision on reopening school in the state.

Schools in Andhra Pradesh will reopen from Monday for students of Classes 9 to 12. Authorities have issued guidelines and students living outside containment zones will be allowed to visit their schools on a voluntary basis to clear their doubts and take guidance from their teachers. They would have to submit a written consent of their parents and guardians to their respective schools, said a Hindustan Times report.

The Karnataka government has prohibited students of Class 9 to 12 from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers amid the coronavirus pandemic. It said in a statement that students were earlier allowed by the education department after Covid-19 cases in the state had come down. However, as the pandemic continues to rage the state, the state government felt it was not safe to call students to colleges or schools to meet teachers, it said.

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