No online classes in TN for a week from today, Minister talks about reopening of schools

In a respite to school students attending online classes in the state, there would be a five-day break for them starting today to reduce their stress and help them refresh.

Schools have implemented this as per an announcement by the Tamil Nadu government recently. School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress.

“On normal occasions, students are provided quarterly and half-yearly holidays. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools had to switch to online mode of teaching. With Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s consent, online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25,” he had said.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government ruled out shift-based classes when schools reopen across the state and said all the classes would start functioning simultaneously.

Hinting that there will not be any phased reopening, Sengottaiyan said schools across Tamil Nadu will open simultaneously once the pandemic situation is brought under control.

“All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure,” he told reporters.

The minister talked of the practical difficulties in conducting classes during the pandemic situation while addressing the reporters. He said that to reduce the burden of children, the government of the state had also cut down the school syllabus for the current academic year that is the year 2020-2021 by almost 40 per cent. The decision was taken as per the recommendation of the expert committee, the minister informed.