Latest and important developments in TN school and higher education

With the Tamil Nadu government announcing that students could visit schools from October 1 on a voluntary basis, School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan has said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will hold discussions with the Health and Family Welfare Department and the Revenue Department and make an announcement on the reopening of schools.

Speaking to the media, he said that the Chief Minister will soon hold discussions with the three departments to analyse the COVID-19 situation in the State and take a decision on the reopening of schools. The Minister pointed out that a government order on Thursday, allowing students of Classes 10 to 12 to visit schools and get their doubts cleared was issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.

Meanwhile, an association of private colleges has moved the Madras high court seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu government to release scholarship funds meant for students from SC and ST communities which are pending since 2017.

Disposing of the plea, Justice K Ravichandra Baabu directed the state to consider the representation of the association and dispose of the same in eight weeks.

Tamil Nadu government has issued a Standard Operating procedure (SOP) for students of classes 10, 11 and 12 to attend school from October 1 on a voluntary basis in order to take help from their teachers. This is applicable for students studying in government, government-aided or private schools, which are outside containment zones.

Tamil Nadu has reported multiple cases of student suicides as several students took the extreme step after being unable to follow online classes.