No reopening of schools in TN for now: Minister

Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education K A Sengottaiyan has said that the health and safety of the students were the government’s top priority in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and no decision has been made yet on the reopening of schools.

Students’ lives are more important than reopening of schools, Sengottaiyan said on Tuesday. He addressed the media at the sidelines of a meeting with all district Chief Educational Officers (CEOs) in Chennai.

He had recently met the Chief Minister to discuss about reopening of schools in the State, which have been shut since March due to the pandemic and lockdown. “This is not the time to reopen schools. Students’ lives are more important,” he said.

The minister further said that Tamil Nadu would continue to oppose the three-language formula. He urged the CEOs to instruct schools to regularly check students’ eye-sight due to increased exposure to gadgets.

“Learning has been going on through online classes as well as televised lessons, and this meeting was convened to assess the current situation regarding the same,” Sengottaiyan said.

While the School Education Department in September had said that students of classes 10 to 12 could be called in to schools voluntarily to seek guidance in batches, the decision was soon put on hold.