Gone are the days when parents made a beeline to private schools to admit their wards. The Covid-19’s impact has made them to opt for government and aided schools.
Government and aided schools across Tamil Nadu have admitted 11.98 lakh students since August 17. Of them, 8.70 lakh have been admitted to government schools and 3.28 lakh to aided schools for elementary and secondary education.
The admission process began later than usual this year. While schools continue to remain shut, the School Education Department allowed the admission process with adherence to safety norms.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu school education minister K A Sengottaiyan once again confirmed that the department is not even thinking of schools reopening in the state. Recently, Kerala government mentioned they would reopen schools next year.
He reaffirmed that it’s Kerala government’s decision and Tamil Nadu has not taken any such decision yet. The minister inspected various developmental activities in his Gobichettipalayam assembly segment. After his inspection, he met the journalists and said that his department will take stern action against the private schools if they collect 100 % school fees.
Attendance is not mandatory for online classes in the state and assignments given to children during such classes will not be part of their final performance evaluation, said the department of school education in an order. The department has also released a set of mandatory guidelines for holding such classes.