TN schools will not reopen now, CM will decide: Minister

Schools in Tamil Nadu will not be reopened now, and any decision about re-opening of schools will be taken by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan in Vellore on Tuesday.

The Minister was speaking at an event held in Vellore to distribute renewal and recognition extension certificates to 275 matriculation and government-aided schools in Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur and Tiruvannamalai districts.

He cited that some of the students had tested positive before the schools were re-opened in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

A report to be prepared by the Education, Revenue and Health
Departments would be given to the Chief Minister based on which
he would take a final call on the matter, he added.

Sengottaiyan had recently 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.