TN schools gear up for reopening tomorrow

Chennai: After being closed for over eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in Tamilnadu are set to reopen tomorrow for classes 10 and 12. It is said parents should send their wards with a consent letter.

“Students should produce a letter from their parents, that they are willing to send them to schools,” sources said.

The State government has said that students should not be forced to attend classes. Those who want to continue online should be permitted to do so.

Meanwhile, the government has also reduced the syllabus by 40 per cent. The syllabus has been trimmed for classes 10 and 12 students, based on priority and optional topics. The schools have been told to complete the priority portions first.

The Tamilnadu School Education department on Sunday released the reduced syllabus.
School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan in October 2020 had announced that the State government would reduce 40 per cent of the syllabus, since most of the working days were lost due to the lockdown.

Announcing the reopening of schools, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had said the decision to re-open the schools after a gap of more than nine months was taken after holding consultations with the district Collectors and medical experts on 28 December, 2020 and after eliciting the views of the parents between 6 and 8 January.

More than 70 per cent of the parents favoured reopening of schools for classes 10 and 12 ahead of the board exams.

Considering the medical experts and parents’ opinion and the future of the students, it has been decided to reopen the schools for classes 10 and 12 with hostel facilities from 19 January.

He said not more than 25 students should be allowed per class. Palaniswami said students attending the schools will be provided with Vitamin and Zinc tablets by the Health Department to boost their immunity.

Besides, hand sanitisers would also be provided to all the government schools by the Health department.

The students and teachers will have to wear face masks compulsorily both inside
and outside the school premises.