Tamilandu government allows students to travel for free in buses

With schools to reopen for classes 9-12 students in Tamilnadu from 1 September, the government has announced free bus travel for school and college students.

The Minister for Transport, Rajakannappan announced today that the school and college students will be permitted to travel for free in buses. He also said until the bus card is issued, the students can avail free bus travel by showing their school/college id card.

He further said that ITI and polytechnic students can also avail these benefits.

Earlier, the Tamilnadu government had issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for schools across the state to strictly adhere to when the classes commence from 1 September for ninth to twelfth standards.

According to which 50 per cent students will be permitted at a time by duly following the appropriate SOP, the government directed the school education department to take necessary preparatory action and prescribe appropriate SOP for conducting classes regularly.

Schools should function six days a week and classes and sections have to be split into batches of not more than 20 students per classroom, as per the SOP. If no additional rooms are available, then students shall be asked to come to school on a rotational basis on alternate days, the GO said.