Declare holidays only during floods, TN schools told

Chennai: The Tamilnadu School Education Department has directed collectors to declare holidays only in case of severe flooding or heavy rains in any area leading to limitations of transport facilities. Light rain or drizzle should not be taken as a reason for declaring holidays, it said.

School Education Secretary Pradeep Yadav has issued a charter of guidelines to protect the interest of students. This comes after the government noticed that the collectors have been declaring holidays even on a normal rainy day without realising that it disturbs the entire lesson plan for teaching and learning.

Yadav said, “The decision to close schools may be taken three hours before the opening of schools, taking into account the situation prevailing at the time.”

The official said the announcement for declaring a holiday on other accounts such as local temple festivals should also contain the day on which compensatory classes would be held.

Each holiday declared in any area should be duly compensated by opening schools in the area on Saturdays, so that schools do not miss out any lesson planned for the day of the holiday.

NT Bureau